Helping Parents Prevent Youth Substance Abuse
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National Family Dinner Day is designed to celebrate the positive impact parents can have in preventing their children from engaging in substance use and other risky behavior.  Research shows children with parents who are ‘hands-on’ and involved in their day to day activities and lives are far less likely to smoke, drink or use other drugs.  One study specifically demonstrates the power of Family Dinners; compared to teens who have frequent family dinners (five to seven per week), those who have infrequent family dinners (fewer than three per week) are almost four times likelier to use tobacco, more than twice as likely to use alcohol, two-and-a-half times likelier to use marijuana, and almost four times likelier to say they expect to try drugs in the future. The Importance of Family Dinners VII, a report from The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA Columbia).  Start the habit early, the earlier in your child's life you start family meals the more impact it will have.  Talk Early. Talk Often. 

To encourage families to have dinner together, several coalitions and family focused agencies have teamed up to partner with local restaurants to celebrate National Family Dinner Day and promote family dinners throughout the month of September 2014.  Families with children under 18 years of age can visit participating restaurants to receive a discount and a free reusable tote with resources to assist parents in having meaningful discussions with their children.  

 Be sure to print this coupon for use at any location to receive the discount. 


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Featured Drug: E-Cigarettes

E-cigarettes (electronic cigarettes) are battery-operated devices that simulate tobacco smoking. The devices contain a heating element and a liquid solution. When the user sucks on the device, a sensor activates the heating element, which vaporizes the liquid solution and enables the user to inhale it. The liquid solutions come in many different flavors and typically contain nicotine, although there are solutions available that do not contain nicotine.