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June 24, 2014

RCFY News

RAYMOND —Summer Vacation is here! Congratulations to all of our RHS Graduating

Seniors!

Children, Teens and Young adults are out to school and out and about enjoying the beautiful summer days that are finally upon us.  For some this could mean more ideal time on their own without the structure of a daily school schedule and oversight of school staff.

For this reason we think it is a great time to raise awareness to some items of concern that are not always at the top of many peoples favorite things to think about or talk about.   However, simple awareness and a few quick friendly reminders can have a big impact. First we will share some numbers with you that will give a bit of insight and then some great tips to remember and use as talking points with the young people in your life.

According to The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services

Administration (SAMHSA)…

June and July are the most popular months for drug experimentation among

teens.

• “On an average day in June and July, more than 11,000 adolescents aged 12 to 17 use alcohol for the first time. Throughout the rest of the year

the daily average for first-time alcohol use ranges from 5,000 to 8,000.”

• “An average of 5,000 youths smoke cigarettes for the first time, as opposed to the daily average of about 3,000 to 4,000 adolescents during the rest of the year.”

• “In terms of first-time use of marijuana, more than 4,500 youth start using it on an average day in June and July, as opposed to about 3,000 to 4,000 youths during the other months.”

Do you have a plan to help keep your teen stay safe and sober this summer?

Here are five important and helpful tips!

1.) Find Constructive Ways to Keep Your Teen Busy: Encourage your teen to take a summer job or participate in organized activities, such as sports. Not only can this help keep your teen away from drugs, but it can also help them make new friends, gain confidence and independence.

2.) Check in Throughout the Day: Call them occasionally throughout the day, even if it’s just one call, to see what they are doing and who they are with. It is important to hear their voice, as you may be able to tell from the sound of their voice and what they are saying, if they seem to be acting like themselves.

3.) Know your Teen’s Friends: Is your child spending time with the right crowd? Become acquainted with your teen’s friends. Peer pressure often gives into drug and alcohol use, so it is important to make sure your child is spending time with those who do not engage in substance abuse, and therefore your child will be less likely to engage as well.

Know the parents of your teen’s friends.  Their rules and beliefs about substance misuse have a big impact on the decisions your teen will make too.

4.) Set a Good Example: If you do not want your teen using, then you shouldn’t either! Don’t keep alcohol or tobacco in your home and keep your prescription drugs out of reach. Explain to your teen, your prescription drugs are yours and yours ONLY and most importantly, that you would never take more than the recommended dose prescribed by your physician.

5.) Keep an Open Dialogue With Your Teen: Even if you don’t believe your child will ever try drugs or alcohol, make it absolutely clear that you do NOT approve of your child using these substances under any circumstances! However, leave the opportunity for discussion open and make sure your teen feels comfortable talking to you about anything-even making the wrong decisions; for example: if your teen has been drinking, wouldn’t you rather they call you for a ride home, than get behind the wheel because they are too afraid of telling you they went to a party and drank?

We also want to remind you that the majority of teens and young adults in our community report getting their alcohol from older siblings, older friends and friend’s parents.  It is against the law to provide alcohol to a minor, under the age of 21.

Have a Safe and Enjoyable Summer!

For additional information, please visit the following referenced sites: www.rcfy.org, Facebook/RCFYouth, Youtube/RaymondCoalition, www.samhsa.gov, and

www.checkthestatsnh.org.

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