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2 Understanding and Identifying Substance Abuse in Teens: What Parents Need to Know Stephanie Rago Unity Chemical Dependency Adolescent Community Engagement Specialist

3 Agenda Current Trends Prom and Graduation Parties Overview of Liability of Underage Drinking –Officer Marybeth Kowalski What Parents Can Do

4 Education is Key! Test your Knowledge of Current Trends

5 Alcohol

6 Percentage of students ages who reported drinking in their lifetime. A: 20% B: 82% C: 64% D: 12%

7 C: 64%

8 32% of HS seniors reported binge drinking in past month. How many drinks would classify as a binge episode? A: 8 drinks B: 3 drinks C: 5 drinks D: 12 drinks

9 C: 5 drinks

10 Alcohol Energy Drinks have recently been reformulated due to the health risks for teens and young adults. An example of an AED is: A: Sparks B: Joose C: Four Loko D: All of the above

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12 Sparks: 6% Tilt : 6-8% Joose: 9-10% Four Loko: 11-12%

13 Males were more likely to report driving after drinking. 10% reported driving under the influence of alcohol. What percentage admitted to riding in a car with an intoxicated driver? A: 23% B: 9% C: 45% D: 88%

14 A: 23%

15 Marijuana

16 You hear a conversation between your son and a peer about “420”. What could they be talking about? A: Hitler’s birthday B: A “pot” smoker’s holiday C: Time of day to use marijuana D: Both B and C

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18 Percentage of students ages who reported using marijuana in their lifetime. A: 89% B: 21% C: 6% D: 35%

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20 Percentage of students who reported using marijuana before the age of 13. A: 53% B: 9% C: 22% D: 40%

21 B: 9%

22 A slang term for marijuana: A: Kush B: Chronic C: Skunk D: All of the above

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24 Spice, Salvia and Hookahs

25 Spice Marketed as incense Spice is synthetic THC, users experience a high similar to marijuana. Spice aka “K2” is illegal for purchase, however manufacturers have reformulated product to bypass legislation.

26 Salvia Salvia is a hallucinogenic plant that is related to the sage and mint families. The New York State Senate passed a bill on 3/21/11 banning the sale of the legal hallucinogen salvia. The bill still needs to pass the Assembly to become law. Currently, salvia is legal and easily accessible. The DEA has listed Salvia as a drug of concern and is considering classifying it as a Schedule I drug, like LSD or marijuana.

27 Results of the YRBS 27% report being offered, sold or given an illegal substance on school property. Students who ever used…… Prescription meds: 10% OTC meds: 9% Inhalants: 9% Cocaine: 4% Ecstacy: 5% LSD, PCP or Mushrooms: 8% Steroids: 4% YRBS: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System

28 Underage Drinking fbj4&feature=relatedhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=954o5i6 fbj4&feature=related

29 Legal Implications of Underage Drinking Officer Marybeth Kowalski Teens, Crime, Community Officer Greece Police Department

30 What Parents Need to Know Parents host a party and serve alcohol to minor (clear violation ) No alcohol served but minors are allowed to drink alcohol purchased off premise (clear violation ) Alcohol consumed while parents away (parents are away, liquor on premise, strict order no parties allowed at location, older sister/neighbor asked to ensure compliance )

31 Safe Party Planning Help your teen plan the party. Review guest list to avoid an “open party”. Put your phone # on the invitation, welcome calls from parents. Set rules for no alcohol/drugs ahead of time. Plan activities such as music, games, etc. Secure all forms of alcohol in a safe place.

32 Safe Party Planning Tell guests if they leave they cannot return. Make regular visits to the party, keeping in mind your teen’s need for privacy. Invite some other parents to help chaperone.

33 What Parents Can Do Create a safe, supportive environment to discuss the risks of alcohol and drug use. Use everyday “teachable moments” as conversation starters. Connect with teens to find out what they know about drugs and alcohol and how they feel about the pressures they face. Communicate expectations clearly and what the consequences of use will be.

34 Get to know your teen’s friends. Monitor your teen’s whereabouts and online activity. Encourage community involvement and productive activities. Have family meals. Educate yourself on current trends of substance use. Ask for help and support.

35 Unity Chemical Dependency Stephanie Rago M.Ed, NCC For more information sign up for a weekly fact at

36 Thank you!


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