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- Alcohol and Drug Prevention Coordinator Betty Merritt put together some questions and answers regarding recreational marijuana. This document is geared toward parents of teenagers.
- MADD has a great website with a free downloadable handbook that has tips for how to talk to your kids about drinking.
- Tualatin Together, a Washington County Youth Alcohol and Drug Prevention Coalition and one of 197 new grantees in the nation, was awarded a Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grant.
DFC funds assist coalitions in uniting private and non-private sectors of the community —such as schools, law enforcement and faith organizations —to address local substance abuse issues. Coalitions receiving DFC funds work with leaders within their communities to identify and address local youth substance use problems and create sustainable community-level change through the use of the Seven Strategies for Community Change. All DFC grantees receive training and technical assistance from CADCA's National Coalition Institute.
Since it began, the DFC Program has funded more than 2,000 coalitions and has proven to be effective in reducing youth substance use.
- Grass is Not Greener: Facts and myths about the legalization of marijuana, scientific papers and facts about marijuana, and resource for information on the emerging marijuana industry.
- The truth about teen drinking: most don't do it
- Cigarettes More Addictive, More Attractive to Kids and More Deadly
- Top nine things parents can do for a safe prom/graduation season
- NIH study: Research-based strategies help reduce underage drinking
- Powdered Alcohol (Palcohol): Is it "the Kool-Aid of teen binge drinking?"
- Washington County speeds up ordinance to ban medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas. Read the Oregonian article.
- Watch and share this 30-second public service announcement about supplying alcohol to minors.
- It is the position of the Washington County Law Enforcement Council (LEC) to oppose the establishment of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries within the city and county limits of Washington County. Read the complete statement.
- The 2013 Monitoring the Future survey reveals that one-third of high school seniors in states with medical marijuana laws report getting marijuana from someone else's medical marijuana prescription. One of the most worrisome trends in the survey concerns teens’ attitudes toward marijuana use. Less than 40 percent of high school seniors think regular marijuana users risk harming themselves (physically or in other ways), down almost five percentage points from last year. The perception by 12th-graders that regular marijuana may be dangerous is the lowest it has been since 1978.
- OPB Story on the Good Behavior Game
- Underage Drinking Snowballs During December: On an average December day, nearly 11,500 young people between 12-17 years old start drinking alcohol, according to a new holiday-themed infographic. The statistic was included in a July 2012 report issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), based on an analysis of data from SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, that found that initiation of alcohol use among those younger than 18 occurred at the highest levels in December, June and July.
- The Oregon mORe Project
The Oregon Health Authority’s Addiction and Mental Health Division and the Center for Health and Safety Culture/MOST of Us® of Montana State University offer resources to Oregon communities to support a statewide Positive Community Norms effort to reduce teenage alcohol use. The Oregon mORe Project's goal is to reveal concern and hope about underage drinking in order to promote meaningful change and transformation on this critical issue.
- Drug IQ Quiz
Test your knowledge on drugs and drug abuse by taking the interactive National Drug IQ Challenge quiz.