Middle School

HIGH School

THE FACTS:

Youth Risk Behavioral Survey

2014 Allegany County

students reported drinking Alcohol* in the past 30 days (8.5%).

students reported drinking Alcohol* in the past 30 days (33.1%).

*Alcohol and Marijuana are often referred to as “Gateway Drugs”. These substances can lead to the misuse or abuse of opioids (prescription pain medication and heroin).

students reported using Marijuana*in the past 30 days (4.4%)

students reported using Marijuana*in the past 30 days (21.2%)

students reported using a Prescription Drug (OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, codeine, Adderall, Ritalin, or Xanax) without a doctor’s prescription in the past 30 days (5.2%)

students reported using a Prescription Drug (OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, codeine, Adderall, Ritalin, or Xanax) without a doctor’s prescription in the past 30 days (8.7%)

students reported ever using Heroin (1.5%).

students reported ever using Heroin (3.9%).

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• Talking to your Kids •

Preventing Drug & Alcohol Abuse

 

“Open, honest conversations are some of the most powerful tools parents can use to connect with – and protect – their kids.  But when tackling some of life’s tougher topics, especially those about drugs and alcohol, just figuring out what to say can be a challenge.”  - Parent Talk Kit, The Medicine Abuse Project, The Partnership at Drugfree.org

 

Topics covered in this free and action oriented Parent Talk Kit are:

  • How to Say It: Age-by-age scripts to help you start the conversation about drugs and alcohol for all ages, including whether your child is preschool, grade school, middle school, high school or post-high-school/college.  http://www.drugfree.org/the-parent-toolkit/age-by-age-advice/

  • What to Say: Addressing Prescription Drug and over-the-counter (OTC) drug abuse

  • Answering the Question: “Did You Do Drugs?”

  • Five Teachable Moments:  Easy Ways to bring up the top of drugs and alcohol

  • How to Teach Kids to Turn Down Drugs

  • How Other Adults Can Help:  The Importance of Friends, Family and Beyond (link to Grandparents guide)

 

 

Click to download a pdf of the full Parent Talk Kit

RESOURCES: Preventing Drug & Alcohol Abuse

 

Share the following resource with your teen:

https://teens.drugabuse.gov/peerx


Other parent resources:

www.drugabuse.gov/parents-educators

http://www.toosmarttostart.samhsa.gov/Start.aspx

Drug guide for parents

http://www.generationrx.org/

(information on safe medication practices for youth through senior citizens)

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Allegany County Health Department

12501-12503 Willowbrook Road

PO Box 1745

Cumberland, Maryland 21501-1745

(301) 759-5050