What You Should Know

As a parent in today’s hectic world, being informed about the issue of substance use is more important than ever. The rise of the opioid epidemic has led to thousands of deaths across the country. Did you know that 98% of heroin addicts nationally surveyed, reported beginning their drug use with marijuana in their early teen-age years?

Knowing about current trends, along with how and when to talk to your teen can make a huge difference in their life. Did you know that when you talk to your children about drug and alcohol use, you reduce their chances of becoming problem users by 50%? Utilize these resources to get informed…

Partent Resources

The human brain is not fully developed until the mid –twenties. Science has shown that even moderate amounts of marijuana use can lead to permanent changes in the brain. Changes that can affect learning, focus and motivation.

Check out these videos to learn more about the adolescent brain.

Understanding Addiction as a Disease

How do Our Brains Get Addicted?

The Reward Circuit: How the Brain Responds to Marijuana

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Media and Digital Literacy: Resources for Parents Media and Digital Literacy

Young people are immersed in technology in ways previous generations could not have imagined. Common Sense Media has compiled this list of resources for parents seeking advice and information about how to help their children explore smartly and stay safe.

Monitoring your teen’s internet and social media use:

What You Need to Know…

  • Talking openly with your teen about the issue.
  • No after school use until homework is done.
  • Installing monitoring software.
  • Monitoring use being aware that in many cases youth will create another account under a fake name.

The Parent Network: Social Media and Your Kids

The Parent Network: Social Media Basics