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Plan with your children for a safe graduation!

 Create a party plan, including a guest list, with your teen:

  • Invite just the friends on your list and let them know in advance the party is ‘invitation only’
  • Let party guests know that if they leave, they cannot come back
  • Plan some activities such as music, games, movies, etc
  • Make regular and unobtrusive visits to the party area with sensitivity to teens’ needs for  privacy
  • Know where your child will be. Call the parent in charge to verify the location of the party. Ensure there will be adult supervision ant that the host will not be serving or allowing alcohol. 
  • Set a curfew for your teen to be home and when they arrive home, have them check in with you.
  • Know how your  child is getting to and from the party.       Reinforce the message to your teenager that he/she should never allow someone who has been drinking to drive them anywhere.


For additional information, including the full list of parent tips and ideas, visit www.DrugFreeActionAlliance.org.

 

 

Daily hospital emergency department visits involving those under age 21 who used alcohol combined with other drugs are 27 percent higher during this holiday period

 

A new study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reveals that daily underage drinking-related visits to hospital emergency departments are 11 percent higher during the Memorial Day weekend than they are on an average day. The latest Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) report estimates that on an average day, there are 519 hospital emergency department visits involving underage alcohol use. For the three day Memorial Day weekend, however, the number of daily hospital emergency department visits jumps to 577.

The study also shows that the daily level of hospital emergency department visits involving those under age 21 that used alcohol combined with other drugs is 27 percent higher during this holiday weekend than the level on an average day (199 visits versus 156 visits).

Underage drinking poses an enormous public health risk -- approximately 5,000 people die each year from alcohol-related injuries connected to underage drinking," said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D. "Moreover, studies have shown that children who begin drinking before age 15 are six times more likely to develop alcohol problems than people who start drinking after they reach age 21. This study highlights the need for parents, families and communities to promote prevention messages and efforts designed to help young people enjoy themselves without engaging in underage drinking or drug use."

The study was developed as part of the agency’s strategic initiative on data, outcomes, and quality - an effort to inform policy makers and service providers on the nature and scope of behavioral health issues. It is based on the 2008 DAWN report. DAWN is a public health surveillance system that monitors drug-related hospital emergency department visits reported throughout the nation.

A copy of the study is available at Spotlight Underage Drinking 2010

Information and materials on how to help prevent underage drinking are available at: http://www.underagedrinking.samhsa.gov/.

 

 

Parents Who Host Lost the Most!

Text your Teen and Keep them Safe!

TEXT! Texting a teen on prom night or during graduation parties can send a powerful message. You can use your social networks to encourage parents to text their children. Here are some sample texts PARENTS can use:

 Before or during the evening:

   Let me know what u r doing 2nite.  

Let me know who is (or is going to be) at the party. R his/her parents going 2 b home?  

Thinking of u and hoping ur having a great time!...   We love u & want u 2 have a fun & safe night.  

Have fun 2nite. Remember, alcohol can lead u 2 say and do things u wish u hadn’t.  

Remember your promise to us. Be safe tonight.   Have fun 2nite. Wanted 2 remind u of the rules: no drinking or drugs!

Early Evening:  

Have fun, b safe! Call if u need me.  

I trust you to make good decisions 2nite  

How is the party going?   Have fun with ur friends. Remember, we are always here if u need us.  

Where r u? Love u.   Remember our discussion about drinking. We love you too much to see anything bad happen.  

It took me forever to write this text, but wanted to say I’m thinking of you. I love you.

Late Evening:   Let me know if u need a ride. I will be right there.  

I’m so glad you are my son/daughter. You make me so proud!  

Remember to always make good decisions. It only takes 1 bad 1 to ruin all of the good ones.  

Don’t forget your curfew. Call me if you need anything.  

Be careful coming home. I know you made good decisions, but be cautious of others who aren’t as smart as you!

 

 

 

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Endeavor

For more information on Endeavor Area HCHY activities please contact Sue Allen.

Endeavor News: To join the Endeavor EPIC parent's group, please contact Sue Allen. Bring the kids to play while parents talk.

Montello

For more information on Montello Area HCHY activities please contact Tiffany Lodholz.

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Marquette County

In 2011, excessive alcohol consumption in Marquette County cost $17.7 million and contributed to at least 154 alcohol-related hospitalizations. View the full report.

Westfield

For more information on Westfield Area HCHY activities please contact Sandy Vogel.

Westfield News: Westfield implements "Life of an Athlete" program and works to change athletic code. Learn more