Friday, March 26, 2010

Talk early, talk often, get others involved . . .

Talk Early, Talk Often, Get Others Involved is the new underage drinking prevention campaign launched by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The campaign encourages parents to talk to their children about underage drinking and to talk to other parents and community members about it. Included in the campaign are public service announcements and a tool for creating your own action plan for your family.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Roosevelt High School parent forum

Tuesday night, Prevention WINS, the coalition to prevent youth substance use in northeast Seattle, hosted a parent forum at Roosevelt High School. Here is the PowerPoint presentation about the 2008 Healthy Youth Survey that was shared with parents. It includes data about Roosevelt High School students substance use and related attitudes.

Prevention trainings

The Prevention Specialist Certification Board of Washington's website lists substance abuse prevention-related trainings.

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Training (SAPST)
May 12-13 and May 19-20, 2010
Spokane, WA

Monday, March 22, 2010

Caffeine in alcohol

From the Marin Institute: Lobbyists Descend on Washington State to Keep Caffeine in Alcohol.

Drunk or high at school

According to the Washington State Healthy Youth Survey, 21% of Seattle Public Schools' 10th grade students and 26% of 12th grade students report being drunk or high at school in the past year. These rates are above the Washington State average.

Here's a story from Northwest Cable News about the statewide statistics.

Do European teenagers drink more responsibly than American teenagers?

Teenage heavy drinking in other parts of the world . . .

Source: European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Drugs, 2007; United States Monitoring the Future Survey, 2007.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Keeping Our Children Drug-Free

Parent Forum: Keeping Our Children Drug-Free
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.


Lisa Sharp, Seattle Public Schools Prevention Intervention Program
Jeffrey Thaxton, Roosevelt High School Student Assistance Counselor

Parents will have a chance to connect with one another and discuss ways we can support one another as we guide our teenage children to remain drug-free.