Helping Parents Prevent Youth Substance Abuse
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Parents, need help having the drug talk? There's an app for that.

Parents- do you need help with keeping up on the latest trends but you don't have a smart phone?  Check out our parent resource page for a list of resources that you might find helpful.  

The ever changing marijuana laws and legalization states have led to several misconceptions and myths as identified by youth.  We recently released a series of posts on the talk sooner app to address these myths.  Please see the attached document for a summary of those app posts.   

Upcoming Events

Talk Sooner: How to talk to your kids about drugs at every age - February 10 2015 at 6:30 PM

Parent Presentation on current and emerging teen drug trends in Ottawa County and how to talk to your children at every age to prevent this behavior. 

When: Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Time:  6:30pm to 8pm
Where: Allendale Public School - Springview Wing cafeteria 10690 Learning Lane Allendale, MI 49401
RSVP at http://greatstarttoquality.org/
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Questions: lmoerdyke@pathwaysmi.org
*Please note this presentation is appropriate for adults only.

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The Slippery Slope: From misuse of prescription drugs to heroin - February 5 2015 at 6:30 PM

FREE: Community Presentation on current trends in   Prescription Drug Misuse and it’s impact

When:  Thursday, February 5, 2015
Time:  6:30-8:30pm
Where:  Fillmore Complex Main Conference Room 12220 Fillmore St., West Olive

Presentation to include: Law Enforcement, physicians, treatment agencies, and prevention workers. There will also be a sharing of a personal story of addiction and recovery. 

RSVP: https://eventbrite.com/event/15039794430/

Questions:  Contact Leigh Moerdyke at 616-396-2301, ext. 127.

The West Michigan Enforcement Team has seen least 4 overdoses from heroin or heroin like substances in the past year, significantly more than the last several years combined. While the percentage of youth who report using heroin is historically low, a new trend in youth substance abuse among teenagers is leading to increased heroin use in young adults. Youth misuse of prescription drugs at the middle school and high school level has been steadily increasing over the past several years and Ottawa County Youth are reporting they don’t see harm in using prescription medication without a doctor’s permission or   prescription. Early misuse of prescription medication can lead to the eventual use of illicit drugs. Join us for a community presentation on the link between prescription drugs and heroin and to find out ways to prevent early misuse of prescription medication.

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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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