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CPY Newsletter                                                   June, 2015
Parents Be Alert This Summer
What are your teens doing this summer?  Too often summertime for teens is filled with hours of unsupervised, free time hanging out with friends - free time that can easily be fraught with temptations and dangers.  Older siblings and friends are home from college.  Even the most responsible teen may take unlikely risks.  It's an important time for parents to be alert and reinforce their expectations and rules around alcohol/drug use.
 
Research confirms that more teenagers start drinking and smoking cigarettes and marijuana in June and July than in any other months, U.S. health officials say.   NCADD (National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency).  By the end of summer, 940,000 teens (about 11,000/day) will have tried alcohol for the first time.  During each of those summer days, 5,000 teens will start smoking cigarettes and 4,500 try marijuana.  777 will need ER treatments for alcohol or drug related injuries: 14% due to alcohol, 21% due to marijuana and 10% involving prescription pain killers.    Report by U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
 
Teen involved auto accidents also increase during the summer months.  With school out, AAA warns that as the mercury rises, so do teen driving fatalities, making summertime the "100 Deadliest Days" of the year.  An average of 260 teens are killed each month in car crashes during the summer  (26% more than in other months of the year).  Teens also have the highest rates of accidents resulting in the deaths of others, including passengers, pedestrians or occupants of other vehicles.  Moreover, the risk increases "exponentially" with the addition of each younger passenger in a car driven by a 16- or 17-year-old.
 
Here are some helpful tips to keep your teen stay safe and sober this summer!
 
Find constructive ways to keep your teen busy    Encourage your teen to take a summer job or participate in organized activities, such as sports or volunteer work. This can help keep your teen away from temptations as well as help them make new friends, gain confidence, and independence.
 
Check-in throughout the day    Call your teen occasionally throughout the day, even if it's just one call, to see what they are doing and who they are with.
 

Know your teen's friends   Is your child spending time with the right crowd? Become acquainted with your teen's friends and their parents.

 
Trust, but verify    Know your son or daughter's itinerary and check in with other adults.  It's not unreasonable to "check in" with your teen or other parents.  Establish a curfew and stick by it.
 
Be Available    Agree that your son or daughter can call you at any time for help or advice and that you will pick him/her up if needed, no questions asked.  Create a code word that your son or daughter can use to indicate that help is needed.
 
Keep an open dialogue     Summer is a good time to reinforce expectations.  Even if you don't believe your teen will ever try drugs or alcohol, make it absolutely clear that you do NOT approve of them using these substances under any circumstances! 
 
Reinforce your rules about safe driving   Talk to them about the dangers of getting into a car with someone who has been drinking or smoking marijuana; and the risks associated with distracted driving (texting and other teen passengers).
 
Make this a safe summer for your teen.

Parent's Rules Effect Teen Choices

As teenagers mature into their senior year of high school, or prepare to go off to college, parents may begin to feel more comfortable about relaxing their rules about alcohol use.
But recent research increasingly suggests this may not be a good idea. 
 
Alcohol has a particularly toxic effect on the brain cells of adolescents because their brains  are still growing.  According to research, the regions of the brain important for judgment, critical thinking and memory do not fully mature until in the mid-20s.  Susan Tapert, a professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego.
 
Additional research indicates parents' approach to addressing teen drinking has a definite influence on a teen's behavior and carries on to their college experience.
 
 Alcohol researcher Caitlin Abar, Pennsylvania State University, studied how parents deal with their high school teenagers regarding alcohol use while still at home, and then checked after the teens' first semester of college. Her study of 300 teenagers was published recently in the journal Addictive Behaviors. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2716564
 

According to her research:  Parents who disapproved completely of underage alcohol use tended to have students who engaged in less drinking, and less binge drinking, once in college.

Conversely, a parent's permissiveness about teenage drinking (in high school)  is a significant risk factor for college drinking.
 
Parents' rules had the strongest effect, reported Abar.  Complete disapproval of teen drinking by parents was the most protective, even more than when parents allowed a limited amount of alcohol consumption.
 
In another study, parental monitoring - knowing where your teenagers are, who they're with, what they're doing - also pays off in terms of less drinking when they go off to college.  Psychology professor Mark Wood, University of Rhode Island.
 
"The protective effects that parents exert in high school continue to be influential into college.  Even after a time when the kids have left the home. So it's the internalization of those values, attitudes and expectations that seem to continue to exert an effect."  Wood reports
 
"The most protective strategy for parents is to make it really clear to their teens that they completely disapprove of underage alcohol use," Abar indicates.
 
 
The "Key Jar"

How many times have you asked your child or teenager, "how was your day?", or "what did you do today" - only to be given one word answers - "fine" or "nothing".  Parents often lament these lost opportunities to connect with their teens.
 
The Key Jar is an amazingly simple tool created by a teacher and mom filled with thoughtful questions that help unlock a child's mind and heart and help them understand themselves, the people in their lives, and the world they live in.
 
Some questions ask a child to look within (What was your first thought when you woke up today?); others ask them to consider their peers (Who in your class seems lonely?); and others ask them to look at the world (What do you think is the biggest challenge facing our world today?).
 
Every morning, when I think about how much "nothing" I want to accomplish with my school kiddos, I return to this Dalai Lama quote again and again:   "It is vital that when educating our children's brains, we do not neglect to educate their hearts." Erin Waters, Author
                                                                                                
  The Key Jar is a conversation starter offering parents a glimpse into how their children/teens think and feel about themselves, their world, and their future. Many of the questions are ageless and more can be easily added for teens. Why not invite the young people in your family to contribute their own Key questions? 

1   Click here to download the jar kit and the questions.

2   Print the questions and cut them apart.

3   Place the questions in a jar and keep that jar handy for family meals or shared moments with      your kids.  Keep some questions in a zip lock bag for those long car drives.

4   Watch the nothings become everythings.

 

 

See more at: http://momastery.com/blog/2015/04/24/key-jar/#sthash.yJXrBOpb.dpuf
 

Keeping Our Youth and Water Safe
On April 18, Placer communities once again participated in a free Prescription Take Back Event collecting a total of 4,279 pounds of unwanted and expired medications (1.5 times more than the amount collected at the Fall 2014 event). More than half  (57%) were first time participants.

This event marked the tenth successful Take Back in Placer County with a total of 16 tons collected overall since the Fall of 2010.  

While this is a huge victory, securing medications at home is equally important toward our prevention efforts.  It's encouraging to note that about one in three (44%) of the Spring Take Back participants said they secured their medications either in a locked drawer, locked box, or safe (compared with 19% in Fall 2014).

These combined efforts are a major step in keeping drugs out of the hands of our youth and our waters safe from improper disposal.

Thanks to the collaborative efforts of our Placer County partners:  Auburn, Lincoln, Rocklin, Roseville, and Placer County law enforcement, Water Quality and Public Health entities, local Schools, Coalition for Placer Youth, and Kaiser Roseville.

What's Cool About E-cigs?
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More and more teens are being enticed to try e-cigarettes.  Researchers at Yale School of Medicine asked 5,400 Connecticut teens what they found "cool about e-cigarettes". The top attraction is the wide range of appealing flavors in the nicotine liquid such as cappuccino, pomegranate and single -malt scotch, among others.
 
What surprised the researchers is the second top attraction. The teens said they enjoyed performing "vaping tricks". By adjusting the e-cigarette to operate at higher temperatures, the amount of vapor is increased. The vapor is then blown to create smoke rings or funnels of smoke that look like tornadoes.
 
Adults compete in "Cloud Competitions" to perform the best vaping tricks. Some regional competitions offer thousands of dollars in prize money.
 
Although minors are barred from competing in the events, teens are exposed to these new trends through videos posted on YouTube and Instagram.
 
Check out you tube to see more about "vaping tricks" and talk with your teen about the risks of smoking e-cigarettes. 
 

Landmark Ruling
On May 26th, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a lower court's ruling upholding Alameda County's first-in-the-nation Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance. 

The ordinance passed by Alameda County Board of Supervisors in July 2012, calls for "product stewardship" and requires pharmaceutical companies to cover the costs of operating prescription take-back programs including the creation, administration, promotion, and payment of the program. 

Pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors had appealed an earlier decision by the Ninth Circuit Court claiming the ordinance was unconstitutional because it interfered with interstate commerce.  The District Court had previously denied this claim finding that the ordinance "serves a legitimate public health and safety interest and the relatively modest costs to producers do not unduly burden interstate commerce."

The county maintained that, since drug makers make profits on local sales, they have an obligation to help for disposal.  The federal appeals court noted that the pharmaceutical industry generates about $950 million in sales in Alameda County alone and can afford the cost of the take-back program, which the industry trade groups have estimated would cost drug makers about $1.2 million annually.

The Supreme Court's ruling is a landmark decision.  Over the past five years, local governments have shouldered the costs of disposal programs in an effort to keep their drinking water safe and reduce prescription drug abuse.  The new ruling paves the way for other state and local governments to pursue similar legislation modeled after the Alameda Ordinance.
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Our Parents Toll-Free Helpline is available Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ET. We are closed on weekends and holidays. If you do not connect with a parent specialist, please leave a message and we will make every effort to get back to you by the next business day. If you are in need of immediate or emergency services, please call 911 or a 24-hour crisis hotline.
 
Are you feeling overwhelmed, stressed or have a specific question about your child's drug or alcohol use? Our Helpline is a nationwide support service that offers assistance to parents and other primary caregivers of children who want to talk to someone about their child's drug use and drinking. Our trained and caring parent specialists will:
  • Listen to your concerns, challenges, setbacks and emotional turmoil that you have experienced with your child's substance abuse or addiction.
  • Help you outline a course of effective action - whether it's prevention, intervention, seeking treatment or supporting recovery - grounded in science-based resources.
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Our parent specialists speak English and Spanish and are professionally trained parent support specialists and clinicians with years of experience helping individuals and their families prevent and overcome substance abuse problems.

We're here to help.  Call us today:   1-855-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373)

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Dabbing! Vaping! Gravity bongs! Edibles! Beverages!

 

The ways in which marijuana is being used are always changing.

Be prepared to have productive conversations with your teen about marijuana with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids' new Parent's Marijuana Talk Kit.

 

Download free Talk Kit  http://www.drugfree.org/MJTalkit

 

Marijuana Claims vs Scientific Facts
Wonder how you can refute the claims about marijuana being "harmless"? 
SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) has launched a new website that  offers scientific facts based on research and addresses many of the debates about marijuana.  Follow this link to check out the facts,    Big Marijuana Claims Vs the Science
Learn more about SAM, click here   Smart Approaces to Marijuana

Free APP For Parents
Our complete Drug Guide for Parents is now available for quick and easy reference as a mobile app for Android phones and iPhones. Parents can now access vital information on drugs most commonly abused by teens right from their smartphones, including photos, slang terms and short- and long-term effects.
 
 
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Have You Taken? - The Parent Pledge

The Parent Pledge is entering its 5th Year of enrolling Parents, Guardians, Households and Families in our Campaign to do what ever it takes to STAND UP for Youth in our Community.
  
Please join the other responsible and dedicated individuals who have signed on to this important campaign!
  
Follow the link below to learn the details about what you can do to ensure that our Community Continues to become a safer place for youth to learn, grow and become the young adults we all want them to be!

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