The “Stay at Home, Stay Safe” rules have provided a lot more time for families to be together. This might be a great time to share clear rules and expectations with your kids about not using alcohol and drugs. Parents are the number one influence on whether or not a teen uses alcohol or drugs. It may not seem like it, but they are listening. Check out the trusted resources below for more information.
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids provides resources for you during the COVID-19 pandemic. Find text messaging support programs, a helpline to connect with a specialist, free supportive online gatherings for parents and caregivers, and much more.
The Family Resource Center of Central Oregon is a local non–profit agency serving Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook Counties with a wide variety of resources for parents and grandparents of children of any age. “…Because kids don’t come with instructions”. FRC is also the local “hub” for parenting education and support. Get connected to over 25 tri–county organizations working together to provide a variety of programs and activities for families.
In the guide, “How Do You Really Keep Your Kids Safe from Addiction? 10 Things Parents Can Do.”, the Addiction Policy Forum presents an easy to understand handbook for parents and caregivers. Rooted in current research and adolescent brain science, the guide will help adults identify both what they are already doing well, and opportunities to add new tools to their toolbox. The ten things may seem like common sense, but together they help build the resilience kids need to avoid substance abuse.
Click the Addiction Policy Forum logo to download the “10 Things Parents Can Do” PDF.
The Parent Toolkit is an online drug and alcohol prevention resource for parents. This website also has a Spanish companion site (En Espanol). There are How–To’s, a drug guide for parents, a grandparent’s guide and much more!
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Legal Consequences of Underage Drinking
The State of Oregon takes underage drinking very seriously. There are eight different Oregon Revised Statutes devoted to this issue.
There’s Science Behind the Teen Brain
There’s Science Behind the Teen Brain – The High Desert PULSE magazine, a quarterly publication of The Bulletin, shines a light on the adolescent brain science in the Fall/Winter 2009 edition.
Successful Party Hosting for ages 21+
For parties where guests are 21 years or older, here are some tips for keeping alcohol consumption in check. Remember, furnishing alcohol to minors is both illegal and harmful. These tips are provided for parties for the 21+ crowd. Offering alcohol at your party comes with responsibility – get informed and take action to prevent binge drinking.