Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Stop Medicine Abuse
Stop Medicine Abuse
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New Study Results Shine a Light on
Teen Behaviors

When it comes to teen risky behaviors, the best information comes straight from the source - we'll never know what's going on in their world unless we ask. That's why the National institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) surveys teens about their drug, medicine, and alcohol abuse for its Monitoring the Future study every year. The results for 2012 are in, and over-the-counter cough medicine abuse remains around 5%. Every parent should read the survey findings to learn about the influences and pressures their teen might be facing. Read the Five Moms' summary of the report findings and check out Becky's take on how parents can use the report results for talking to their teens on our blog.


Get Informed During Drug Facts Week

If your New Year's Resolution was to educate your teens about the dangers of drugs, National Drug Facts Week is the perfect opportunity! This year, the week kicks off on January 28, and there are lots of ways to get your teen involved. You can visit the official site to test your drug IQ, plan your own event, or participate in Drug Facts Chat Day on January 31. If you're hosting or participating in an event, make sure to visit our Facebook page and tell us all about it! 

You Asked,
We Answered!

In our Facebook poll, you asked for more tips and advice from prevention specialists, and we listened! Check out our guest posts from community coalitions such as the GRAAB Coalition and the Beachway Therapy Center to hear about the steps these groups are taking to prevent medicine abuse. Don't forget to visit the comments and let us know about great work happening in your community as well! 

In 2013, we'll be bringing you the best resources and information on preventing teen drug abuse every quarter. Your next email newsletter from Stop Medicine Abuse will be coming in April, so make sure you add to your contacts so it goes straight to your inbox.

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