CPY Newsletter                                                   May, 2015
Keeping Teens Safe for Prom and Graduation
The end of the school year is approaching. It's an exciting time for many teens as they prepare to celebrate with proms, graduations and parties. Unfortunately it's also a time fraught with dangers. Too often the joyous celebrations end in tragedy.  Even the most sensible kids take risks in the excitement of the moment.
The most important thing that parents can do to ensure their teen is safe on prom and/or graduation night is to talk about your expectations beforehand.   Even if you think you have already talked about making healthy choices and the risks of drugs or sex, proms and graduations are a very important time to repeat this message. Be sure to add the risks associated with marijuana use to your discussion.
Research shows that parents who discuss possible scenarios and seek their teens' knowledge about what to do increases the chances of their teen's safe decision-making.
Talk with your teen about the dangers of drinking and driving and getting in the car with a drunk driver. Talk with them about the risks of driving under the influence of marijuana (buzzed driving). Offer the unconditional option of calling you at any time for help or a ride with a promise not to embarrass them in front of others.
Agree on an itinerary and reasonable curfew and let your teen know that you will be awake and waiting for him when he comes home. Be wary of after event parties. Communicate with other parents to make sure you are getting the same story and ensure the parties are supervised and drug/alcohol free.
Prom and graduation season is a rite of passage that your teen should enjoy and remember for a lifetime. Help them make it a safe one.
The Parent Challenge
Here's an important challenge to parents this prom and graduation season.
Tell your teenager not to drink alcohol!
When parents tell teens to drink responsibly, what they hear is, "It's okay to drink. My parents said so!"  Aside from the fact that it's illegal for anyone under 21 to drink alcohol, turning a blind eye to teen drinking at any time is an invitation to binge drinking.
One of the top reasons teens say they don't drink is that they don't want to disappoint their parents. Rather than throw our hands up in defeat, we can use our powerful influence to prevent our kids from drinking or using other drugs, set rules and do whatever we need to do to keep our teens healthy and safe at prom , graduation and other celebrations.
Marijuana Vs Alcohol: What to Say to Your Teen
When it comes to talking to your teen about marijuana (and alcohol), it's not always easy to know what to say. The Partnership for Drug Free's new Marijuana Talk Kit  explores common teen questions and arguments - and offers tips for what you can say in response.
For example:
  • Teen: Would you rather I drink alcohol? Weed is so much safer.
  • Parent: Instead of getting rattled by your teen's question, try posing a question back. I wonder what is going on in your life that makes you feel like you want to do either?
  • Teen: May likely mumble back "Nothing". Take this as an opportunity to continue the conversation and offer another supportive statement.
  • Parent: "I'm glad to hear there isn't anything going on in your life that makes you want to drink or smoke. Honestly, I don't want you to be doing anything that can harm you - whether that's smoking pot, cigarettes, drinking or behaving recklessly. I'm interested in knowing why you think weed is safer than alcohol." 
This type of sentiment reminds your teen that you care deeply about his health and well-being, expresses genuine curiosity about his thought process and will encourage him/her to open up. And that's what it's all about - engaging your teen so you can have ongoing, open and positive conversations. That's how you'll better understand the pressures he or she may be facing. And that's how you can express your concern and support and love. And while your teen may not admit it, deep down that's something all teenagers want.
Learn more about what to say to your teen about marijuana. 
Download your free Marijuana Talk Kit here http://www.drugfree.org/MJTalkKit
Get Your Teen Talking
The best way to find out what is going on in your teen's life is to simply have a conversation. Sounds simple but with teens it can be a challenge. Number one rule is to remember that a conversation involves two people. Sometimes listening is what's most important.
Here are some tips for parents and teens:  
For Parents
  • Have a conversation, don't lecture your teen.
  • Don't attack. Putting a teen on the defensive is a sure conversation buster.
  • Show respect and listen for your teen's opinions.
  • Keep it short and simple. Remember when you were a teen and your parents lectured at you and you thought, "Will you please stop; I already got the point!"
  • Be the adult. Don't try to talk like your kids or their friends.
  • Most important - seize the moment. A spontaneous conversation in the car or at home late at night - any time when you're not rushed - can make for some of the most rewarding moments.
For Teenagers 
  • Try to understand the situation from your parents' point of view.
  • Try to anticipate what they are concerned about, such as your safety and your whereabouts. Address their concerns honestly and directly.
  • Don't go on the defensive. Listen to what your parents have to say.
  • Show them the respect you want them to give you.
  • Make requests, not demands.
  • Make "I" statements. Explain your concerns by saying things such as "I feel you're not being fair."  Or, "I feel like you're not listening to my side." Avoid statements such as "You don't know what you're talking about."  
Rocklin Social Host Ordinance in Effect
Real Help for Parents
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is collaborating with DDB California on a new, integrated creative campaign that includes TV, print and radio public service announcements (PSAs).
The campaign called "Real Help," reaches out to parents of teens and young adults who have been impacted by substance abuse or addiction.
"Friends and family, even very well-meaning ones, just don't know what to say or how to help when they learn their friend is coping with a child's drug abuse," said Rebecca Shaw, Director of Advertising and Production for the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
The TV spots were directed by two-time Oscar®-Winner Angus Wall, who edited blockbuster films like "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "The Social Network" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids wants families struggling with drug abuse to know that drugfree.org  is the place to turn for help.
The PSA spots close with "Most people don't know what to say about drugs. But we do."
To view the PSA's visit http://www.drugfree.org/videos
May is National Family Month
May is National Family Month from Mother's Day to Father's Day - a time to celebrate the importance of family. It's a time to slow down our lives and take time to appreciate one another and spend special time together.
  • Take a walk/hike together
  • Speak kindly
  • Go to a game or other event together
  • Praise successes
  • Teach a craft or skill
  • Hug often
  • Read a book together
  • Start a family tradition
  • Share memories
  • Say "I love you" 
Share family meals. According to a survey by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA Columbia), frequent family meals help kids talk to their parents about what's happening in their lives and make them less likely to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, or use drugs.
Spending family time together helps build relationships, trust and self-confidence in your child. Take time to listen to what is going on in your teens' lives; the many challenges and stresses they are facing; their opinions about events; what their plans and hopes are for their future; who their friends are. Conversations like these will make it easier to talk with them about alcohol and drugs later.
"FLAKKA" - raising concern among experts  
"Flakka" is the latest synthetic drug raising concern among experts.   Use of the drug can cause heart palpitations and aggressive, violent behaviors.   Flakka use has recently been reported in Florida, Ohio and Texas and is sold in other parts of the country as "Gravel."
The drug contains alpha-PVP, a substance that provides an instant sense of euphoria. The drug also gives a boost in physical strength similar to other stimulants, such as ecstasy and cocaine.

The drug poses a serious problem because it is extremely dose-specific. While a small dose will give a person a high, just a little more can cause serious adverse effects like severe hallucinations, kidney failure and death.
Flakka comes in crystalline rock form and can be snorted, swallowed, injected or vaped in an e-cigarette. While its effects are generally felt for three or four hours, they can continue for days.
It's cheap like crack cocaine. James Hall, an epidemiologist at the Center for Applied Research on Substance Use and Health Disparities at Nova Southeastern University in Florida said, "This is as close as we've come to a crack cocaine problem since 1995 in terms of the severe reactions, low prices, and that it's available to young kids, and even homeless populations are now impacted."According to one drug user, flakka is $5 insanity.
Although there aren't reports yet of this new drug being sold in California, it is available via the internet. Ask your teens if they have heard of Flakka (gravel or bath salts) and what they know about the drug. Read more information on the drug free website.
National Prevention Week 
N ational Prevention Week is a SAMHSA-supported annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. Join individuals, organizations, and coalitions in your community to promote prevention strategies, educate others about behavioral health issues, and build community partnerships.  The theme for 2015 is "The Voice of One, the Power of All."
National Prevention Week is held each year during the third week of May in anticipation of summer - a season filled with celebrations such as graduations, proms, weddings, sporting events and outdoor activities where substance use and abuse often occur.
Studies indicate that the number of youth who initiate marijuana, alcohol and tobacco use increases between spring (April and May) and summer (June and July).  The timing of National Prevention Week helps to educate young people and their families at this crucial time of year.

Daily Health Themes
Prevention of Tobacco Use - Monday, May 18
Prevention of Underage Drinking & Alcohol Abuse - Tuesday, May 19
Prevention of Opioid & Prescription Drug Abuse - Wednesday, May 20
Prevention of Illicit Drug Use & Youth Marijuana Use - Thursday, May 21
Prevention of Suicide - Friday, May 22
Promotion of Mental Health & Wellness - Saturday, May 23
Explore the National Prevention Week website to learn more about how you can get involved, from planning a community event to participating in the "I Choose" Project.

National Prevention Week      http://www.samhsa.gov/prevention-week/about

Take the Prevention Pledge: 
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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Events in May
May is National Family Month from Mother's Day to Father's Day
Time to celebrate each other.
see article in this newsletter
Coping with Life Transitions and Substance Abuse - the transitions seniors and freshmen undergo and the challenges they will face.
Guest Speaker
Jon Daily, LCSW, CADC II from Recovery Happens 
May 4, 2015
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Woodcreek High School
2551 Woodcreek Oaks Blvd, Roseville, CA 
Meeting Spiritual and Mental Health Needs of Modern Youth and Families
A forum for professionals, faith leaders, educators and parents on "street smarts" for the digital age.
Cost: $25 includes lunch and CEUs
Date:  Saturday  June 13, 2015
           8:00 am to 1:30 pm
Place: Sylvan Community Center
           7521 Community Drive
           Citrus Heights, CA
Contact:  Joanna Jullien
(916) 521-7203
National Prevention Week
May 17 - 23
The Voice of One,
the Power of All
See article this newsletter
Partnership for
Drug Free Kids
Where families find answers
Answering your child's tough questions about alcohol
A Parent's Guide to the Teen Brain - Skills, Tools & Tips
Parents Toll-Free Helpline
Monday to Friday, 
10 am - 6 pm ET
(English and Spanish)
Time to Act
Think your teen is using?
Step-by-step guide for parents who suspect their teen is using alcohol or drugs
Teen Plan

facts for teens about prescription drugs

Placer County Youth Commission
Placer Sheriff's Activity League (PSAL):
activities for youth - 
Mondays 2pm - 4:30pm
Wednesdays 3pm - 5:30pm
Fridays 3pm - 5:30pm
Rock Creek Elementary,Auburn    
Contact Detective Shon Schoer
(916) 652-2422

The Partnership at Drugfree.org

Parent Tool Kit 
Parent Pledge
handbook for talking with college students about  t he consequences of alcohol use.
secure your medications safely and easily
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Small conversations can make a big impression

SAMHSA'S PSA campaign helps parents and caregivers start talking to their children early about the dangers of alcohol
Spanish Language Parent
free, bilingual online resource
Bilingual Tool-Free helpline
(Monday-Friday 10am-6pm EST)
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