Understanding the impact drugs and alcohol will have on youth and the community is essential. Learning about drugs, the trends and the effect on the adolescent brain, as well as how to prevent and intervene with a teen that may be using is vital.
SAMHSA’s “Talk. They Hear You.” campaign aims to reduce underage drinking and substance use among youths under the age of 21 by providing parents and caregivers with information and resources they need to address alcohol and other drug use with their children early.
Research suggests that one of the most important factors in healthy child development is a strong, open relationship with a parent. It is important to start talking to your children about alcohol and other drugs before they are exposed to them—as early as 9 years old.
Click Here for parent resources to help you start—and keep up—the conversation about the dangers of drinking alcohol and using other drugs at a young age.
Click Here for the "Talking to Kids About Alcohol and Other Drugs: 5 Conversation Goals" flyer.
Click Here for the "Talk, They Hear You Mobile App" flyer.
Expert Views: E-Cigarettes, a new online resource from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse to help parents discern fact from fiction about e-cigarettes, vaping and tobacco replacement products.
Know the Risks, E-Cigarettes and Young People – The Office of the Surgeon General shares an important message about the possible dangers of E-Cigarette use by young people.
Alcohol and the Adolescent Brain publication.
For more information on alcohol and the brain,
please visit: https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/niaaa-resources-alcohol-and-brain
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The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) launches "You Can Be The Difference" public awareness campaign to combat addiction amongst teen or young adults. Campaign offers resources for educators, coaches, families and features public service announcement by former professional football player Erik Coleman.
- The Science Behind Opioid Addiction Virtual Field Trip explored the science of addiction to help middle and high school students understand how prescription drugs and heroin affect the brain and body. During this powerful forum, students got the unfiltered facts about drugs and addiction and had their questions answered by leading experts.
- Elementary School Lesson: Joining the middle and high school lessons, Proactive Prevention, a new lesson and educator guide for an elementary school audience, explains how medications work in our bodies and why it is important to use them responsibly.
- Extended Parent Toolkit: Now available with discussion starters for elementary age students.
- Spanish Resources: Operation Prevention’s website, Parent Toolkit, and new learning module are now available in Spanish.