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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors Alcohol Awareness Month every April to encourage everyone to follow some simple guidelines:
· Only drink alcohol in moderation.
· Do not drink if you are under the legal drinking age.
· If you are pregnant, or may become pregnant, do not drink alcohol at all. There is no known safe amount or type of alcohol to drink during pregnancy.
Talk. They Hear You. Research supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse has shown the important role that parents play in preventing their children from starting to use drugs. Check out NIDA to learn more and participate in a “family checkup.”
The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is offering encouragement and support to parents to talk about alcohol through its “Talk. They Hear You” campaign.
Parents, “Safe Homes Parent Network” is a way for you to connect, support one another, and keep kids safe and substance free across Franklin County. We’re inviting parents to “sign on” to the following:
- I will actively supervise all gatherings of youth in our home or on our property, or ask another responsible adult for help to do so.
- I will not allow the possession of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs by youth in our home or on our property.
- I will set expectations for my children by knowing where they are going, whom they are with, what they are doing, and when they are to return home.
Check out ParentUp for tips on recognizing substance use in teens, talking to your kids and teens about underage drinking and other drug use, and preparing them for safe, fun, substance free parties and events.
Looking to get more involved in County-wide prevention and positive youth development? Consider becoming a mentor, getting involved in “Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol,” or joining our board. We all benefit when our members take an active role in guiding our coalition’s prevention initiatives. Contact Beth 527-5049 x 1 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Caring Communities is a proud supporter of Front Porch Forum, a web-based community network., which is now available to all towns in Vermont. Check it out and join the conversation.
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