Talk 2 Prevent

Talk 2 Prevent Welcome to "Talk 2 Prevent", brought to you by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. Talk 2 Prevent is place for parents and coalitions to talk and share ideas about how to raise children and teens alcohol and drug free.
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Talking about alcohol with your kids is essential!  It’s also important to hear their point of view. Give your child the...
06/20/2019

Talking about alcohol with your kids is essential! It’s also important to hear their point of view. Give your child the opportunity to ask you questions, and listen to what they have to say. Children who have parents who listen to their feelings and concerns are more likely to say "no" to alcohol. There are resources available at https://talk2prevent.ny.gov/parents to help parents prevent substance abuse.

A child’s brain is continuously developing, right through their teens. In fact, the brain’s final, adult wiring may not ...
05/31/2019

A child’s brain is continuously developing, right through their teens. In fact, the brain’s final, adult wiring may not even be complete until well into the twenties. Recent research shows heavy alcohol use may affect brain functioning in early adolescence, even in youths who are physically healthy. Changes like these can impact long-term brain functioning. Learn more at: https://talk2prevent.ny.gov/toolkit/developing-brain.

Underage drinking is not something to play with as alcohol can have damaging effects on the health of a particular young...
05/28/2019

Underage drinking is not something to play with as alcohol can have damaging effects on the health of a particular youngster, affecting the brain and neurological activities. For more information go to www.talk2prevent.ny.gov.

When you talk to kids about substance use, they listen. Talk early and talk often about the risks involved in underaged ...
05/20/2019

When you talk to kids about substance use, they listen. Talk early and talk often about the risks involved in underaged drinking. Conversational resources available: https://talk2prevent.ny.gov/parents.

https://www.essexadapt.org/how-parental-involvement-can-prevent-drug-use Children whose parents talk regularly about the...
05/16/2019

https://www.essexadapt.org/how-parental-involvement-can-prevent-drug-use

Children whose parents talk regularly about the dangers of underage drinking were 42% less likely to drink alcohol. It can be scary at first, but there are ways to make the conversations more comfortable. The more you talk, the more comfortable you will become. Visit https://talk2prevent.ny.gov/communicating and https://talk2prevent.ny.gov/parent-toolkit for tips provided in the parent toolkit and to learn more information.

Warning Signs of Underage Drinking:• Changes in mood, including anger and irritability• Academic and/or behavioral probl...
05/07/2019

Warning Signs of Underage Drinking:
• Changes in mood, including anger and irritability
• Academic and/or behavioral problems in school
• Rebelliousness
• Changing groups of friends
• Low energy level
• Less interest in activities and/or care in appearance
• Finding alcohol among a young person’s things
• Smelling alcohol on a young person’s breath
• Problems concentrating and/or remembering
• Slurred speech
• Coordination problems

https://preventionlane.org/prevention-basics/prevention-definitionEngage in prevention every day.  1) Talk regularly abo...
03/28/2019

https://preventionlane.org/prevention-basics/prevention-definition
Engage in prevention every day.
1) Talk regularly about substance use with your children
2) Lock up the medications and alcohol in your home.
3) Create conditions at home that promote health and well-being of your family and set children up for success.

Some adolescents begin experimenting with drugs and alcohol as early as age 10.  However, what you say to a 9-year-old a...
03/25/2019

Some adolescents begin experimenting with drugs and alcohol as early as age 10. However, what you say to a 9-year-old about alcohol is different from what you say to a 15-year-old. REMEMBER Children also can't learn all they need to know from a single discussion- lots of little talks are more effective than one "big talk." You can find out more at https://talk2prevent.ny.gov/toolkit/making-talk-count.

When your teen is heading to a friend’s place, make sure to talk to them about what to do if they find themselves in a s...
03/19/2019

When your teen is heading to a friend’s place, make sure to talk to them about what to do if they find themselves in a situation where alcohol is present. You can use the resources at https://talk2prevent.ny.gov/ to help you have these conversations.

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https://addictioneducationsociety.org/signs-of-underage-drinking/1. Academic and/or behavioral problems in school2. Chan...
02/22/2019

https://addictioneducationsociety.org/signs-of-underage-drinking/

1. Academic and/or behavioral problems in school
2. Changing groups of friends
3. Less interest in activities and/or appearance
4. Finding alcohol among a young person’s things or smelling alcohol on their breath
5. Slurred speech
6. Coordination problems
7. Memory and/or concentration problems

https://addictioneducationsociety.org/how-to-talk-about-drug-use-to-your-kids-2/The Pride Organization offers the follow...
02/20/2019

https://addictioneducationsociety.org/how-to-talk-about-drug-use-to-your-kids-2/
The Pride Organization offers the following talking tips with your children related to drug use:
• Be absolutely clear with your kids that you don’t want them using drugs.
Never. Ever. Anywhere. Don’t leave room for interpretation or assumptions. Talk often about the dangers and effects of alcohol and other drug use.
• Be a better listener.
Ask questions and encourage questions from your child. Show your willingness to listen.
• Give honest answers.
Don’t make up what you don’t know; offer to find out. If your children ask if you ever used drugs, let them know what’s important – that you don’t want them using alcohol, tobacco or drugs.
• Use television news reports, commercials and school projects to talk about drugs.
You can use these “teachable moments” as a natural, unforced way to talk about your values and expectations.
• Don’t react in a way that will cut off further discussion.
If your child makes statements that challenge or shock you, take a deep breath, listen and try to continue having a calm discussion.
• Role play with your child and practice ways to refuse drugs in different situations.
Acknowledge how tough these moments can be. Together, come up with things your child can do or say with which he/she is comfortable.

Are your medications locked up? As early as age 11, some kids try their parents’ pills.Learn more at StartTalkingNow.org...
02/11/2019

Are your medications locked up? As early as age 11, some kids try their parents’ pills.
Learn more at StartTalkingNow.org/rx.

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