Parents often look for suggestions on how to talk to their kids about drugs and alcohol and to learn about current drug trends and facts. The following suggestions include information from presentations made at New Hope-Solebury Cares monthly meetings and links to websites recommended for parents and other caregivers:
Know the Laws – a presentation by Detective Corporal Jonathan Koretzky: This PowerPoint was created to educate our members about underage drinking, social hosting, and drugged driving at the March 2016 NHS Cares monthly public meeting.
Under 21 in Pennsylvania – Know the Laws: A link to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board brochure which lists the PA Crimes Code and Vehicle Code laws concerning purchase and consumption of liquor for those under 21, false I.D.s, Zero Tolerance driving laws, etc.
http://www.drugfree.org/: The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. This is a drug abuse prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery resource, to help parents and caregivers address alcohol and drug abuse with their teens and young adults.
http://www.theparenttoolkit.org/: The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids has created a specific developmentally appropriate resource for parents to use which aids in drug and alcohol prevention.
http://www.drugabuse.gov/: The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The mission of the National Institute on Drug Abuse is to lead the nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.
http://www.drugabuse.gov/family-checkup:The National Institute on Drug Abuse has a specific section on the website which supports positive parenting to prevent drug abuse.
http://www.stopalcoholabuse.gov/: This website is a great resource to find information, statistics, and the latest news on stopping underage drinking.
http://www.samhsa.gov/underage-drinking: Talk.They Hear You. This SAMHSA campaign aims to reduce underage drinking among youth ages 9-15 by providing parents and caregivers with information and resources. They need to start addressing the issue of alcohol with their children early.
http://www.toosmarttostart.samhsa.gov/: Too Smart To Start is a public education initiative sponsored by SAMHSA. The information presented is designed to educate youth about the harms of alcohol use and to support parents and caregivers as they participate in their children’s activities.
http://www.getsmartaboutdrugs.com/: A DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) resource for parents.
http://www.tobaccofreekids.org: A resource on information and action concerning tobacco and kids.