Oct 17

Family Checkup

As part of National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has launched Family Checkup, an online resource that equips parents with research-based skills to help keep their children drug-free.

NIDA-funded research has shown the critical role parents play in preventing their children from using drugs. Family Checkup poses questions for parents to consider as they interact with their children; highlighting parenting skills that are important in preventing the initiation and progression of drug use among youth. The resource incorporates video examples that show parents how-to and how-not-to emulate each skill with their own children. The tools were developed by the Child and Family Center at the University of Oregon.  Check out Family Checkup here.

May 02

Drug and Alcohol Fact Sheet from the Partnership at Drugfree.org

DRUG & ALCOHOL FACT SHEET
Adolescent abuse of drugs and alcohol is a preventable behavior, and the disease of drug/alcohol
addiction is a treatable disease.  Parents are the most effective resource, and leverage point, in preventing and reducing adolescent and young adult drug and alcohol abuse and addiction.

Mar 27

Marijuana use continues to rise among U.S. teens, while alcohol use hits historic lows

Among the more important findings from this year’s Monitoring the Future survey of U.S. secondary school students are the following:

  • Marijuana use among teens rose in 2011 for the fourth straight year—a sharp contrast to the considerable decline that had occurred in the preceding decade.
  • Daily marijuana use is now at a 30-year peak level among high school seniors.
  • Synthetic marijuana,” which until earlier this year was legally sold and goes by such names as “K2” and “spice,” was added to the study’s coverage in 2011; one in every nine high school seniors (11.4%) reported using that drug in the prior 12 months
  • Alcohol use—and, importantly, occasions of heavy drinking—continued a long-term gradual decline among teens, reaching historically low levels in 2011.
  •  Energy drinks are being consumed by about one third of teens, with use highest among younger teens.