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You've talked with your teens about the health, safety and legal consequences of underage drinking, but what about marijuana?  Before you talk with your teens, do you know the facts about the effects on teen health?  Do you know how to talk with your teen, what to do and how to help if your teen is already using marijuana?  Are you clear on what the new laws are for Washington?

Two new publications, A Parent's Guide to Preventing Marijuana Use, and Marijuana: Know the Facts, are available at www.learnaboutmarijuanawa.org.  These and other resources will help you join the conversation that teens are already having, and be a source of accurate information.

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SAMHSA recently launched Start the Talk, an interactive, online simulation tool that helps parents and caregivers of children ages 9 to 15 practice tough conversations about alcohol.

Start the Talk is the newest component of "Talk. They Hear You.", SAMHSA's national underage drinking prevention campaign, which launched last May. The Campaign equips parents and caregivers with the information, tools, and confidence they need to start talking to their kids early—as early as 9 years old—about the dangers of alcohol.

Start the Talk is an evidence-based behavioral tool that uses life-like avatars to engage in interactive conversations. The simulation is based on research in social cognition, learning... read more

This holiday season, when family celebrations may include alcohol, talk about the risks of underage drinking with your children and teens.  Talk early, talk often, and let them know that most of their friends are making healthy and safe choices.  The following article from a parent reminds us that the time to talk and act is now.    

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By Joe Pallitto

It was a long day and we all went to bed early.  At 10pm we noticed our daughter, Jena, had slipped out of the house.  Where could she have gone?  We called her cell phone, but no answer.  We tried calling some of her friends, but no luck.  By midnight... read more