April 2017

Parent to Parent Newsletter

Welcome to the April issue of the Your Choice Parent to Parent newsletter. This newsletter contains important information covering a wide variety of drug and alcohol prevention topics. The content is written for parents by parents. 

We have added a new section to our newsletter: Community Resource Spotlight. This section is designed to showcase other organizations and resources in our community that are working alongside us in the fight against substance use and abuse. We want you to be aware of all the different resources available. 

Please consider liking our page and following us on Facebook. We share valuable prevention news, tips, and other information throughout the week. It is a great way to stay connected and informed. 

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, or if you would like to read about a certain topic in the next newsletter,  please email us Your ideas and feedback are always appreciated. 

Sandi Lybert
Your Choice to Live Founder

What Parents Should Know: E-Cigarettes and Teenagers 

Last month we featured a story about a new trend of e-cigarette use known as "dripping." One of our readers reached out to us and shared some beneficial resources about teens and e-cigarette use. 

There are numerous risks associated with E-cigarettes and teenagers. Some of these risks include: affects on brain development, greater chance for nicotine addiction, behavior changes, and health risks associated with aerosol. E-cigarette use is strongly linked toward other types of tobacco use and there have been some studies linking E-cigarette use to alcohol and marijuana use. 

In December 2016, the Surgeon General released a report solely devoted to the health risks associated with E-cigarette use among youth and young adults. The full report can be found here.  

This is a very interactive and informative website from the Surgeon General about E-cigarettes. This website includes talking points for teenagers and young adults about the risks associated with E-cigarettes. 

Tips For Teens: Detour Letter 
Each month we feature an inspirational letter from a student in our Detour Class. Detour is a class designed to gently but powerfully challenge common beliefs about drug and alcohol use. One of the assignments at the end of the class is to write a letter to a special person in your life that touches on some important aspects from the class. 

Action Point: Be Prom/Graduation Ready 

Spring is approaching and with it comes a lot of opportunities for teens to celebrate. The sad reality is that many times these celebrations end in tragedy because the party included alcohol provided by an adult. 

There are many health and safety risks for adults who choose to serve alcohol at teen parties. It is illegal for adults to purchase, pour, or provide alcohol for anyone under the age of 21 who isn't their child or spouse. Parents cannot give permission for an adult to purchase, pour, or provide alcohol to their children. 

The Parents Who Host Lose the Most Campaign is designed to combat and bring awareness to the problems associated with underage drinking and provides many great resources and fact sheets: 

Community Resource Spotlight:
Operation Prevention is a combined effort from Discovery Education and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to combat the nationwide epidemic of prescription opioid misuse and heroin use. 

Operation Prevention is an education program for middle and high school classrooms that aims to educate students, using science, about the impact of these drugs. The expanding collection of resources includes: classroom lessons, parent toolkit, video challenges for students and virtual field trips. 

Visit them at www.operationprevention.com for more information. 
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Issue: 4-2017
In This Issue
Featured Events 

Stairway to Heroin

Tuesday, April 25th
Franklin High School 
Saber Center for the Performing Arts
8222 South 51st Street 
Franklin, WI 53132

Youth Presentations 

Tuesday, April 4
St. Joseph Catholic Academy 

Tuesday April 4
Bullen Middle School 

Friday, April 7
Sussex Hamilton High

Friday, April 21 
Operation Snowball
Frankfurt, IL 

Friday, April 28
Rickover Naval Academy

Wake-Up Call School Presentations

Tuesday, April 4
 6:00 pm
Bullen Middle School 

Wednesday, April 19
Watertown High School

Wednesday, April 26
Menomonee Falls North Middle School 
Wake Up Call 
Public Tours:

(Registration Required)
Hartland Fire Department Survive Alive House
150 Lawn Street
 Hartland, WI 53029

April 5
12 pm

 Check out the events page on our website to see locations of more 
Stairway to Heroin 
series events  and 
 find out where 
 Your Choice speakers
 will be next!

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