October 2016

Parent to Parent Newsletter

Welcome to the Your Choice monthly newsletter. 
Parent to Parent is written by parents for parents.  Here you will find valuable  information for parents about drugs and alcohol, local resources, upcoming events and more. 
Your Choice to Live recognizes the need for parents to be educated on important topics, such as drugs and alcohol prevention, that affect the wellbeing of their children. 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 usYour ideas and feedback are always appreciated. 

Sandi Lybert
Your Choice to Live Founder

What Parents Should Know: Abuse of ADHD drugs following the path of opioids Pills

Opioids and the sharp increase in overdose deaths have been the focus of public health officials for many years. The abuse of ADHD medications are following a similar pattern as opioids. 

Health professionals are seeing a dramatic rise in the complications from abuse, including overdose deaths. It is important to remain up to date on this under-the-radar problem. 

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: How to Prevent Drug Use at Every Age 
Parents have an enormous amount of influence in their children's life when it comes to drugs and alcohol. Studies have repeatedly shown that teens who feel that their parent would strongly disapprove of a certain substance are less likely to use it. It is important that children know how their parents feel about drug and alcohol use. Knowing how much to say and when can be a difficult thing to figure out. 

So what can you do? Partnership for Drug-Free Kids offers a parent toolkit. This toolkit offers talking points and suggestions for children ages 2-20. 

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Issue: 10-2016
In This Issue
Featured Events 
Stairway to Heroin Events:

Tuesday, Oct. 4
Arrowhead High School 
Presentation held at Elmbrook Church - Lake Country
(formerly Westbrook Church)
1100 WI-83, Hartland, WI 53029
6:00pm - 8:30pm

Tuesday, October 11th
Lake Central School 
8260 Wicker Avenue, St. John, IN 
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Tuesday, October 25th
Waukesha School District
401 E Roberta Ave, Waukesha, WI 
6:00pm to 8:30pm

Tuesday, Oct. 18th
Playground to Pills
Menomonee Falls High 
W142 N8101 Merrimac Dr.
Menomonee Falls, WI 

6:00pm to 8:30pm

Wednesday, October 19th
Deadly Decisions 
Oconomowoc Arts Center
641 E. Forest Street, Oconomowoc, WI 
6:00pm to 8:30pm

 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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