Talk Early, Talk Often and Keep Talking

Talk Early, Talk Often and Keep Talking: Parents are the #1 influence in a child’s life. It’s not too early to talk with your child to prevent youth substance use.
When to Talk:
In a car, you have a captive audience to provide short bits of information. When watching TV, address any illegal drug or alcohol use shown. During mealtimes, take time to speak with your child – research shows that children who have dinner with their families are less likely to drink alcohol or use illegal drugs.
What to say:
– Preschool: “Vitamins are to keep us healthy, but only take what I give you.”
– Elementary School: “You should only take medicines that your doctor chooses for you – it’s dangerous to take someone else’s medicine and it could make you sick.”
– Middle School: “Alcohol and drugs can damage your brain and may stop you from being your best in school and in sports.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Misusing prescription drugs can be harmful to your health and impact participation in sports. Only take medications that are prescribed to you and follow instructions form the doctor carefully. Prescription drugs and over the counter drugs, including sleeping pills, anti-anxiety drugs, and cough and cold remedies can be harmful to your health if they are not taken as prescribed. Do not take any medications that are prescribed to someone else as the side effects may include nausea, dizziness, loss of appetite or vision loss.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Managing stress does not have to include the use of alcohol or drugs. The best way to handle stress is through healthy habits.

Exercise, healthy eating, sleeping well and maintaining close relationships are important in stress management. These key actions can help reduce stress levels and improve your quality of life. Quick fixes like drugs or alcohol may temporarily mask stress but the long-term effects are unhealthy.

10 Questions Teens Ask About Drugs and Health

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) researchers have set aside a Chat Day each year during National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® to answer questions teens have about drugs and health. They’ve compiled teens’ 10 frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) from more than 118,000 queries they’ve received to help start a conversation about drugs and health. To view the FAQ’s click here

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Medication Management in College

Learn more from the Child Mind Institute about how your teen can successfully manage their medications in college. Topics highlighted include:

– Beginning Early
– Getting Organized
– Drinking and Medication
– Drugs and Dangers
– Parental Worries

Medication Management in College

 

Medication Misuse: What You Need to Know to Help Protect Children, Teens and Young Adults

You just received a prescription for your teenager. We encourage you to ask questions of your doctor. That’s how you can become fully aware of the risks of these medications and minimize the chances that your child will misuse them.
Learn more from about what you need to know to help protect children, teens and young adults from the Partnership to End Addiction below!
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