Helping Parents Prevent Youth Substance Abuse
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West Michigan kids are trying more than just alcohol at age 12

Parents

Talk Early. Talk Often. Get the App!

Talk Sooner Campaign now has an App for Iphone and Android! This app will give you tips and tricks for how to talk to your kids about not using alcohol or other drugs.

 

      
 

Talk early. Talk often. Learn How. Studies show that kids in west and southwest Michigan are experimenting with alcohol, tobacco and other drugs as early as age twelve. The sooner you talk, the easier it is to keep the line of communication open with your children. This site has links to helpful resources, techniques, and conversation starts, as well as our facebook page with current information and events in West Michigan. Visit our Parents section with more resources just for you.


Youth. Be heard. Have a voice. Do your peers talk about what everyone’s “doing” and tell you that everyone’s drinking, smoking and abusing other drugs?  Find out if that’s true and find other resources in the Youth section.

National Anti-Drug Association Calling for “Reality Check” on Pot- click here for the full article

 

 

Upcoming Events

Family Dinner Day - September 30 2014 at 12:00 AM

•National Family Day is designed to celebrate the positive impact parents can have in preventing their children from engaging in substance use and other risky behavior.  Research shows children with parents who are ‘hands-on’ and involved in their day to day activities and lives are far less likely to smoke, drink or use other drugs.

This year Allegan, Kent, Lake, Mason ,Muskegon, and Ottawa and Oceana Counties are working together to promote September as Family Meals Month.
September is the dedicated month to celebrate Family Dinners.

Families with children under 18 years of age can visit participating restaurants to receive a discount and a free reusable tote while supplies last.

Check back here in August for a complete list of participating locations!

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Supporting Communities
TalkSooner.org is a joint effort between the following West Michigan counties:

Featured Drug: E-Cigarettes

E-cigarettes (electronic cigarettes) are battery-operated devices that simulate tobacco smoking. The devices contain a heating element and a liquid solution. When the user sucks on the device, a sensor activates the heating element, which vaporizes the liquid solution and enables the user to inhale it. The liquid solutions come in many different flavors and typically contain nicotine, although there are solutions available that do not contain nicotine.


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