Hero talk sooner

Your kid does actually want to talk to you

(About drugs anyway)

Talking Tips

From Meals to Car Rides, Make the Chatter Matter


It’s easy to feel unsure about when or where to talk with our kids about substance use – or even what to say. No worries! The Kimble Family serves up tips to make the most of meal time, while Vicki Kavanaugh turns up the conversation when the wheels hit the road. Check out these quick videos for a dose of inspiration.

Mealtime Check-In Ideas

Car Ride Conversation Starters

Talk sooner the truth about vaping

The Truth About Youth Vaping - A Community Conversation

Hear the voices of those on the front lines of this epidemic – from a local pulmonologist to a Grand Haven mom and her family’s journey with her son in long-term recovery.


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.

Talksooner.org is a great source for parents and educators. It is our 'go to' for everything related to drug trends in the county.

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Jeremy Wright

TalkSooner.org is a credible source for parents to get support for teenage drug and alcohol challenges or just proactively talk to your child as an informed parent. I often refer our high school parents to this website for solid and trustworthy information.

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Deb Beals
Assistant Principal

As a grandfather, I know how vital it is to have resources like TalkSooner. These tools help families engage effectively in difficult but important conversations. 

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Jack Greenfield
LRE Board Member, Retired President/CEO, Arbor Circle

Throughout my career as a prosecutor, I have observed the frustration, pain, and desperation that families experience due to their child's use and abuse of drugs. Because of this experience and being a parent of children myself, I know how critical the role parents must play in educating our children about the dangers of drug use. Parents, talk to your kids - they need your guidance and talksooner.org can help. Together we can win this battle. 

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DJ Hilson
Muskegon County Prosecutor

There has never been a more important time to have conversations about drugs and alcohol with our kids. As a Public Health physician, parent & grandparent, I have found TalkSooner to be the best toolkit to make prevention a reality. 

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Dr. Richard M Tooker
Medical Director, Allegan County Health Department

It can be difficult to have the 'drug talk' with our children, but Talksooner can help! Talksooner offers a free app and website, helping parents/caregivers navigate these important conversations. 

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Dr. Jenny Bush
Pediatrician, Director of Pediatrics

Talksooner.org is hands down the best resource for parents to learn what drugs are trending among youth, and how to start uncomfortable, but necessary conversation on drugs.

Qur'an Griffin
Mother of 2 Teens, Newaygo County, MI

I have spent my entire career guiding youth through social, emotional and developmental challenges. Talksooner.org is a great resource for engaging parents, educators, counselors, ect. in working through these often though conversations.

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Jay Roberts-Eveland, MA
Retired, LRE Executive Board & Watson Township Planning Commission

Prevention is truly the best medicine. I fully support parents having the 'drug talk' with their kids, with resources like www.talksooner.org for tips and guidance.

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Dr. James Forshee
Chief Medical Officer

Communication is at the forefront of my relationship with my children. The Talksooner app has been an amazing tool to help me have intentional conversations with my children about substance use.

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Shawn Washington
Mother of 2, Baldwin, MI