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Raising Drug-Free Kids
As parents, you want what is best for your child. You want them to be healthy, safe and successful in achieving their goals. Unfortunately, underage drinking and drug use can lead to serious problems that interfere with your hopes and dreams for them.
This downloadable brochure provided by the Washington Healthy Youth Coalition offers information about the risks of drug and alcohol usage in adolescents, steps you can take to keep your children healthy and safe and how to spot signs of alcohol or drug usage.
A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Underage Marijuana Use
Since marijuana use became legal in Washington State for adults 21 and older, you may have heard different opinions about whether it is safe to use. You may not be sure what Washington’s laws are, or how marijuana use can affect young people.
This informational brochure is provided by Seattle Children’s
Marijuana: Know the Facts
Marijuana is now legal in Washington State for adults 21 and older but there are nuances to the laws surrounding it’s legal status. This quick guide gives 10 facts that clear common misconceptions and clarify legal limits and penalties.
This informational brochure provided by The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board
Preventing Opioid Abuse
Opioids are a class of drugs commonly used to reduce pain. The illegal drug heroin is an opioid, as are many of the prescription pain relievers prescribed by doctors, including oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, and many others. Opioids can negatively affect the reward center in the brain, leading users to need more and more over time. As a result, these drugs can be highly addictive.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can include physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, substance misuse in the household, physical neglect, and other experiences that can adversely impact a child. A study published by CDC-Kaiser Permanente in 1998 showed a direct correlation between ACEs and health complications later in life. Knowing the impact these experiences can have, and using a trauma-informed approach to interactions is important for adults that work with children and teens.
Washington Recovery Help Line
The Washington Recovery Help Line is a program of Crisis Connections. We offer an anonymous, confidential 24-hour help line for Washington State residents. This help line is for those experiencing substance use disorder, problem gambling, and/or a mental health challenge. Our professionally-trained volunteers and staff provide emotional support. They can also connect callers with local treatment resources or more community services.
This year’s goal for the Bring It Up Campaign was not only to spread awareness about prevention to the Hoquiam community but to also get families out of the house in a safe way during COVID. We designed yard signs...read more
Each year (CPWI) Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative communities come together and distribute The Community Survey. This anonymous survey is passed out to the community by local coalitions to gain knowledge of adult attitudes on youth alcohol and drug use in...read more
Officer Jermaine Galloway presented the virtual training High in Plain Sight: Current Alcohol, Drug and Concealment Trends and Identifiers on March 23rd at the Key Leader Event hosted by My TOWN and Harbor Strong. Through the support of The Washington State Health...read more