Helping Parents Prevent Youth Substance Abuse
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West Michigan kids are trying more than just alcohol at age 12

Parents

Talk Early. Talk Often. Get the App!

Talk Sooner Campaign now has an App for Iphone and Android! This app will give you tips and tricks for how to talk to your kids about not using alcohol or other drugs.

 

      
 

Talk early. Talk often. Learn How. Studies show that kids in west and southwest Michigan are experimenting with alcohol, tobacco and other drugs as early as age twelve. The sooner you talk, the easier it is to keep the line of communication open with your children. This site has links to helpful resources, techniques, and conversation starts, as well as our facebook page with current information and events in West Michigan. Visit our Parents section with more resources just for you.


Youth. Be heard. Have a voice. Do your peers talk about what everyone’s “doing” and tell you that everyone’s drinking, smoking and abusing other drugs?  Find out if that’s true and find other resources in the Youth section.

National Anti-Drug Association Calling for “Reality Check” on Pot- click here for the full article

 

 

Upcoming Events

DEA medication drop off this Saturday! - April 26 2014 at 10:00 AM

Did you know that medicines in the home are a leading cause of accidental poisoning?  Just as disturbing, are the alarmingly high rates of prescription drug abuse among teens.  A National study, conducted last year by The Partnership at Drugfree.org and the MetLife Foundation, found that 49% of teens who misuse or abuse prescription medicines get them from a family member or friend.  More often than not, these drugs are found in our medicine cabinets.

This year’s U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Take-Back Day will be held on Saturday, April 26th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Here’s a few of the locations that are participating on Saturday:  (for more locations visit www.dea.gov)

ALLEGAN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
112 WALNUT ST, ALLEGAN

MICHIGAN STATE POLICE WAYLAND POST
544 NORTH MAIN STREET WAYLAND

HOLLAND DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
89 W 8TH STREET HOLLAND


MUSKEGON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
1350 E KEATING,  MUSKEGON


For a full list of the permanent medication disposal sites visit:  www.wmtakebackmeds.org

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Supporting Communities
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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.


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