DENVER, Aug. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The start of a new school year is exciting, but it can also be a stressful
"Back-to-school is the ideal time to have this conversation, because students will be meeting new friends and making decisions on how they are going to react to offers of alcohol or drugs," said Christian Thurstone, M.D., medical director at the Denver Health Substance Abuse Treatment, Education and Prevention Program. "Speak Now is a great resource to help parents have a meaningful dialogue with their kids about alcohol and drugs – a topic that can be difficult to initiate."
Research has found that parents can have an enormous influence on their children's drinking and drug use, especially during the preteen and early teen years. This is supported by 2015 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey data, which found:
The Speak Now Colorado website provides expert advice and resources for parents of kids 9-20 years of age, and is available in English and Spanish. The site has conversation starters for parents to consider when discussing parties with their kids, or if their child asks about their own use of drugs or alcohol. The site is also useful in helping parents to:
"The key is to talk about these issues not once, but in an ongoing way," Dr. Thurstone said. "This is crucial because your kids will face decisions regarding drugs and alcohol for years to come; they need a strong foundation from which to make healthy choices."
For more information, and for downloadable resource materials, such as fact sheets, posters and social media images, go to www.speaknowcolorado.org.
Contacts:Erich Kirshner, Evolution Communications Agency303.921.6733 or [email protected]
Katie Trexler Kern, Evolution Communications Agency303.941.4118 or [email protected]
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