Weekly Round Up

Miss our posts this week? No worries! We’ve got you. Check out our latest from Instagram this week and remember, you are strong enough to resist the false allure of tempting drugs!

Working up the courage and acumen to chat with your teen about drugs? We’re here today to tell you, “You’ve GOT THIS.” Talking with your teen about the dangers of drug use can seem scary on the surface, but it is the best way to encourage your child to make wise decisions (plus it opens up communication between you.)


It is hard to stand up to peers who may pressure you to use drugs, but believing you have the courage and acting as though you have it will enable you to say “no”! You’ve got this.


Life is already hard enough. Don’t make things even harder on yourself by abusing harmful drugs like alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana. A drug-free life can take you places!


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Is Vaping Safe?

More teens are vaping than they are using traditional cigarettes. But is vaping safe for your teen? The answer is, unequivocally, NO. For one, vaping is just as addictive as traditional cigarettes. E-cigarettes also have other harmful chemicals that can cause lung issues and lead to a variety of health problems. The following resources are great for educating yourself and your teen about the harmful effects of vaping.

> The Facts on E-Cigarette Use Among Teens // Surgeon General

> 5 Vaping Facts you Need to Know // Johns Hopkins

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Resources for Parents

Are you looking to talk with your teen about alcohol, marijuana, vaping, or other drugs? We wanted to provide you with a few really good resources that can help you to get the conversation flowing:

> Talk to your teen about drugs // DrugFree.org

> 5 Tips for talking with your kids // Harvard Health

> How to talk to your teen about drugs // Huffpost

Don’t be afraid of a hard conversation. Your teen might be more receptive than you think. Take the next step. Speak the truth with love. You can do this, parents!

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Looking for Prevention Resources? We Can Help!

Have you been looking for resources to encourage your friends in their fight against substance abuse? Or are you a parent looking to educate and encourage your teen? Check out our brand new resources section on our website! It’s full of apps and pages that might be of use to you in your quest to prevent alcohol and other drug misuse among youth today.

These are just a few of the resources available to you on our new website! Please follow over to our resources page for more information!

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Don’t Serve Alcohol to Minors

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I’ll never forget the time I was in high school visiting a friend’s house. Her mother was at home and allowing the teens present to drink in the house. It was one of those occasions of, “I’d rather them drink in the house than outside where they’d be driving or getting themselves into trouble.” I was deeply disturbed. All I could think about was the fact that if even one teenager managed to escape her notice and drive home, that person could have gotten into an accident and killed or killed someone else. It bothers me to this day and I knew even in high school that I would never offer alcohol to minors. There are just too many variables to control — not to mention the fact that alcohol can damage growing brains and bodies.

Thankfully that night no one was hurt, but it could easily have happened. I urge you today, DO NOT SERVE ALCOHOL TO MINORS. Be a good, responsible, wise role model.

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Celebrate Sobriety!

righttorefuseThere is NOTHING wrong with deciding to abstain from alcohol as a minor or adult. Perhaps alcoholism runs in your family. Maybe you’ve struggled with alcohol addiction in the past. Maybe you want to set a good example for people at risk. Whatever your reason for avoiding alcohol, sobriety is worth celebrating! Be honest about your reasons for refusing to drink. Be transparent and supportive to others who make the same choice or who are curious about it. If you are a minor, you should abstain from alcohol for a variety of health (and LEGAL) reasons. Make the best choice for your health and find alcohol-free methods for having fun!

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