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Your kid actually does want to talk to you.

(About drugs anyway.)

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We’re excited to team up with Cherry Health, University of Michigan Health-West, Mercy Health and Spectrum Health to bring Talksooner’s free resources to MORE parents!

Virtual Teen Room Tour


Virtual Teen Room: What is hiding in plain sight?

Today, youth can easily conceal vapes, alcohol, and other substances with everyday, ordinary objects. At first glance, a parent or teacher might see a hi-liter, but it is a vape pen hiding in plain sight. A water bottle on the nightstand looks normal but can come apart to stash substances. Not sure what to look for or even where to begin? Tour through a teen's room staged with 44 different concealment containers, vape pens, and other indicators of youth substance use. For more information from substance use prevention professionals about the room, its concept, the items in the room, and further helpful information, click here.


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Download the App

Now you never have to wonder how to talk to your kids about drugs - we make it easier for you. The TalkSooner app is a dynamic resource for parents and adults helping them navigate the challenges their youth face.

  1. Conversation starters are provided to help you break the ice and open conversation.
  2. Learn about the latest information on emerging drugs, insights into youth culture, effects of drug use, and more!
  3. See what is going on in your community to protect youth from the dangers of drug use.
  4. Know how to spot signs and symptoms of drug use.
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Talking Tips

Just as you protect your kids against illnesses, you can help "immunize" them against drug use by giving them the facts before they're in a risky situation.

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  • Be available for your children

    • Notice times when your kids are most likely to talk — for example, at bedtime, before dinner, in the car — and be available.
  • Let your kids know you're listening

    • When your children are talking about concerns, try to stop what you are doing and listen.
  • Respond in a way your children will hear

    • Soften strong reactions; kids will tune you out if you appear angry or defensive.
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420 is used to reference pot smoking, and April 20 is considered by marijuana users as a “high holiday.”



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Rising substance use rates during Covid-19

& how we can help our kids

There is nothing “normal” about this period of time in our world, lives, homes and communities! One shift to pay close attention to right now involves substance abuse rates in our country, which are on the rise. Why is this happening? Find out now.


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