Helping Parents Prevent Youth Substance Abuse
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No matter how you feel about marijuana, it’s still bad for youth.

TalkSooner serves as a resource for parents to access information about substance use prevention.

TalkSooner is the product of multiple county coalitions in West Michigan, working together to send out a common message to parents of youth ages 10-18 about alcohol, tobacco, and other substances.

TalkSooner helps parents inform youth about the dangers of substance use. Focus group data suggested that youth do seek information and guidance from parents and other adults, so it is important that parents have these difficult conversations. 

Research shows youth who use marijuana at least one time per week risk short and long term consequences. Talk with your youth today about the risks associated with use.  Click here to learn more.


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Upcoming Events

Dads Conference - October 8 2016 at 9:00 AM

It is important for children to have positive male role models.
Join us for the 2nd Annual Fatherhood Conference on October 8, 2016 at Ridge Point Community Church (340 104th Ave, Holland). All men (fathers, grandfathers, uncles, big brothers and mentors) are encouraged to attend! Lunch and childcare are provided.
Keynote presentations “I’m Glad I’m a Dad” will be given by Dan Seaborn, founder of Winning at Home, and “Discipline and the Aggressive Child” by Phil Hamberg, Program Director at Michigan Family Resources. In addition to the keynote presentations, breakout sessions will be offered throughout the day which focus on how children see the world, emerging drug trends, communication, autism, and being a new grandfather.
We hope you can join us on October 8th to be empowered as a male role model!

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Prescription Drug and Heroin: The next steps - October 14 2016 at 9:00 AM

Target Audience:  Professionals who can make an impact on the Heroin/Opiate Epidemic.

Keynote speakers: 
Lt Governon Brian Calley
Bruce McColley, Assistant Special Agent in Charge; DEA Detroit
Dr. Mark Weiner, Addiction & Internal Medicines, and Pain Management

Break out sessions specific to the key sections.

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Use the TalkSooner app for tips on how to talk to your kids about not using alcohol or other drugs.