Dear Miami Beach Parents,

Facts about teenage drug and alcohol abuse reveal that:
  • 86% of this age group know someone who smokes, drinks or does drugs during the school day.
  • 81% of 12th graders say it would be easy to get marijuana.
  • In 2015, more than 8% of 8th graders reported using illicit drugs.
  • 42% of 8th graders don’t believe that regular marijuana use is harmful.

It is scary to imagine your teenager using drugs. Unfortunately, it is common to find drugs and alcohol in middle and high school, since these substances are so easy for kids to acquire.

The City of Miami Beach has funded a valuable drug prevention and intervention series for parents/guardians of Miami Beach teens. While most sessions are targeted at parents, two of the evening sessions are designed so parents and teens can attend together.

The 6-session drug prevention and intervention series, provided by Ray Estefania and Ana Moreno of Family Recovery Specialists, will begin this Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 7 pm. You can attend any number of the sessions, which will be held at the Miami Beach Golf Club (2301 Alton Road). The full schedule with topics, dates and times appears below.

Sincerely,
Commissioner John Elizabeth Alemán
johnaleman@miamibeachfl.gov
Session 1
Overview of Adolescent Brain Development and the Effects of Substance Use on Teen Thinking and Behavior

March 1
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Miami Beach Golf Club - 2301 Alton Road
Target Audience: Parents AND Teens
Session 2
Most Common Drugs of Abuse in Teens and What Parents Need To Look Out For.

March 8
8:00 - 9:30 AM
Miami Beach Golf Club - 2301 Alton Road
Target Audience: Parents
Session 3
Marijuana - Weeding Out Fact From Fiction.

March 15
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Miami Beach Golf Club - 2301 Alton Road
Target Audience: Parents AND Teens
Session 4
Technology and Social Media: How These Can Set up Addictive Behavior In Teens

March 22
8:00 - 9:30 AM
Miami Beach Golf Club - 2301 Alton Road
Target Audience: Parents
Session 5
How Parents Can Discourage Teen Drug Use and Encourage Healthy Decision-Making In Their Children

April 12
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Miami Beach Golf Club - 2301 Alton Road
Target Audience: Parents
Session 6
What You Should Do If Your Child is Experimenting with Substances.

April 26
8:00 - 9:30 AM
Miami Beach Golf Club - 2301 Alton Road
Target Audience: Parents
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