College Age Drinking Prevention

Sending your student off to college for the first time? Find resources about college age alcohol prevention here:

Create an Emotionally Supportive Home Environment

According to PBS Parents and Katie Hurley, LCSW child and adolescent psychotherapist and author of, The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World. Tips to create an emotionally supportive home environment:

1) Listen first, talk second
2) Creating a supportive space
3) Avoid squashing emotions
4) Don’t judge
5) Express your own emotions

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Fortune Magazine- Is Pot Losing Its Buzz in Colorado?

A recent article in Fortune Magazine provides the impact Colorado has seen since marijuana legalization.

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How Parents Can Help Their Underage Kids Resist Alcohol

As NPR states in a recent article, about 1 in 6 teens drank alcohol before turning 13, and about the same proportion of high school kids has binged on alcohol, according to the latest biannual Youth Risk Behavior Survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But adults and parents can play the most important role in preventing underage alcohol use.

Click here to learn more about two recent studies that will help guide parents.

Explore new data tool about Maine students

The Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (MIYHS) website has a new interactive tool to browse and present data points. It features multiple years of MIYHS data on Maine middle school and high school students, including information related to drug and alcohol use.

Click here to view the new dashboard

Adolescents and First Time Marijuana Use

According to a new University of Florida study published in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, the likelihood adolescents will try marijuana rises steadily from age 11 to age 16, then decreases before hitting another peak at age 18.

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