Starting a conversation about drug use with your teens can be pretty uncomfortable. This can especially be true if you have a history of drug use or experimenting in the past. You might wonder: how can I talk about the dangers of drug use without feeling like a hypocrite? This issue, along with others, is tackled in a three-part video series released by the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The videos focus on the awkward conversations parents and their kids have when talking about drug use. Each episode is followed by a discussion hosted by actress Jodie Sweetin.
This public health media campaign helps prevent underage drinking in your community. It reinforces everyone’s responsibility to promote healthy choices in your community. Its key message reminds parents that it is unsafe, unhealthy, and unacceptable—and, in many communities, illegal—to provide alcohol for underage youth.
Pennsylvania Youth Survey
Since 1989, the Commonwealth has conducted a survey of school students in the 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th grades to learn about their behavior, attitudes and knowledge concerning alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and violence. The Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) is sponsored and conducted every two years by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
This campaign aims to reduce underage drinking and substance use among youths under the age of 21 by providing parents and caregivers with information and resources they need to address alcohol and other drug use with their children early.
The “Talk. They Hear You.” app is an interactive tool that helps you learn the do’s and don’ts of talking to kids about underage drinking and substance use. The app will help parents practice bringing up the topic of alcohol and other drugs, learn the right questions to ask, and get ideas to keep the conversation going.