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NCJ Number: 236422 Find in a Library
Title: Parent's Guide for the Prevention of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Use
Corporate Author: Community of Concern
United States of America
Date Published: 2011
Page Count: 33
Sponsoring Agency: Community of Concern
North Bethesda, MD 20852
Office of National Drug Control Policy
Washington, DC 20500
Sale Source: Community of Concern
c/o Georgetown Preparatory School
10900 Rockville Pike
North Bethesda, MD 20852
United States of America
Type: Instructional Material
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This guide for parents living in Montana’s Flathead County provides practical advice on ways they can help their children at various ages to avoid the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD).
Abstract: The booklet first provides guidance to parents who have children and youth in elementary, middle, and/or high school. The format for advising parents consists of questions and answers. The questions pertain to why parents of elementary-school children should be addressing these issues with their children; when to begin talking with a child about the dangers of ATOD; and the importance of knowing your child’s friends and where your children are after the school day ends; as well as whether it is appropriate to introduce middle and high-school youth to alcoholic beverages in the home. Information is provided on the nature of binge drinking, alcohol poisoning, and the vulnerability of the adolescent brain to adverse effects from ATOD, including addiction. Another section of the guide discusses why kids use ATOD and why they shouldn’t. Remaining sections of the guide address the negative psychological effects of ATOD, what parents should do if a child is already involved with ATOD, the importance of communicating with one’s children, other parents, and school officials in preventing the use of ATOD, and the management of parties for youth so that alcohol and other drugs are not consumed. Preparing college-bound youth and youth entering the workplace for the temptations to use AOTD are also discussed, along with the potential legal consequences for underage drinking and the consumption of illegal drugs. A listing of resources and a drug chart with pictures of some commonly used drugs are included.
Main Term(s): Drug prevention programs
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse education; Alcohol abuse prevention; Drug effects; Drug laws; Montana; Parent education; Parental attitudes; Parental influence; Underage Drinking
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