Keep your child on the road to success! Prevent alcohol use during the teen years

Alcohol use increases as youth transition from elementary to middle school, and again to high school. Staying connected to your kids during transitions is one of the most important things parents can do.

Communicate: Talk to your teen about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Open the lines of communication and be your teen’s trusted resource.

Monitor your teen’s activities: Ask “Who? What? When? Where?”

Team up: Get to know the parents of your teen’s friends. Let them know you do not let your children drink alcohol.

Count it or lock it up: If you have alcohol in your home, know how much you have. Keep it in a secure location.

How to Keep Kids Safe from Alcohol handout

Youth Perception of Marijuana Risk Decreases

In Linn County the percentage of youth who perceive regular marijuana use to be a great risk has decreased. In 2010, 64% of 6th graders and 61% of 8th graders thought that using marijuana regularly posed a great risk. According to the most recent Student Wellness Survey, “perceived risk” has decreased by as much as twenty percentage points among local youth. Perceived risk, the risk to the user that teenagers associate with the drug, has been a lead indicator of future use. See full report

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