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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.
Officer Jermaine Galloway visited Grays Harbor and led trainings in Hoquiam, Aberdeen, and Elma. He is one of the nations leading experts on drug culture and trends, and tours the U.S. training over 50,000 people per year. We were very proud to partner with Grays...read more
Hoquiam School District teachers, staff, and students led a community march from Central Elementary to Hoquiam Middle School, where a back to school celebration followed! My TOWN Coalition members were there giving away prizes and free medication lock boxes and...read more
GPS had the opportunity to participate in the 2018 Spring Youth Forum. At the forum, youth prevention teams are invited to speak about, and be honored for their successful project in their communities. GPS presented their "R U OK? Fun Run for Mental Health Awareness"...read more