Parent Resources

Web Resources for Parents
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Vaping / Electronic Smoking Devices 

Mental health vaping page on the Change to Chill website

Surgeon Generals Advisory on E-cigarette Use Among Youth 2018 (pdf)

I, Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Service, VADM Jerome Adams, am emphasizing the importance of protecting our children from a lifetime of nicotine addiction and associated health risks by immediately addressing the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use. The recent surge in e-cigarette use among youth, which has been fueled by new types of e-cigarettes that have recently entered the market, is a cause for great concern. We must take action now to protect the health of our nation’s young people. KNOW THE RISKS. TAKE ACTION. PROTECT OUR KIDS.

“The first thing parents can do is educate yourselves,” said Meredith Berkman, who co-founded Parents Against Vaping e-cigarettes last year when she realized the fad was hitting close to home — literally. “I kept hearing the window open,” said Berkman, a mother of four in New York. “I realized that this was going on in my house.”

Electronic-smoking-devices-secondhand-aerosol (pdf)

Electronic smoking devices (ESDs) do not just emit “harmless water vapor.” Secondhand aerosol (incorrectly called vapor by the industry) from ESDs contains nicotine, ultrafine particles and low levels of toxins that are known to cause cancer.

ATOD Resources

Know the Power of Parents
MADD’s Power of Parents program empowers parents of middle school and high school students to have ongoing, intentional conversations about the dangers and consequences of underage drinking.

National Institute on Drug Abuse for Parents—Advancing Addiction Science

Prevention Plus Wellness 
Evidence-based programs and training that connect substance abuse prevention with wellness and positive image promotion for youth and adults.

Prevent Youth Alcohol Use: Talk About It
Seven out of 10 parents of 10 to 15 year olds say they are “very comfortable” talking with their kids about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. However, only 38 percent of youth in the same families say they are “very comfortable” talking with their parents about these issues.

Substance Abuse in Minnesota website
Data by Topicallows users to run a customized search.

“Talk. They Hear You.” (A Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Campaign)
“Talk. They Hear You.” Mobile App (Available on the App Store and Google Play)

Get Smart About Drugs (A Drug Enforcement Administration Program)

Talking with Teens ((An Office of Adolescent Health Program) Get a strategy in mind for kicking the habit.

Stay Healthy—American Cancer Society  You can reduce your risk of cancer by making healthy choices like eating right, staying active and not smoking. It’s also important to follow recommended screening guidelines, which can help detect certain cancers early.

Key Youth Marijuana Use Risks 

  • Marijuana is the most widely used illegal drug in the US and world. Use of marijuana by American youth has surpassed the use of tobacco, and is on track to overcome the use of alcohol in the next few years.
  • The main concern with cannabis legalization should be with how it will negatively affect children, adolescents and young adults.
  • One troubling piece of evidence comes from the national Monitoring the Future study, which shows that perceived harm from using marijuana is decreasing among US youth. Less perceived risk is negatively associated with use—meaning the more youth believe that marijuana is harmless, the more likely they are willing to use it.
  • In addition, legalization of recreational marijuana use for adults increases access to cannabis products by underage youth and children by illegal or accidental means.
2017 Safe Celebrations Letter

hatsoffDear Parents,

Congratulations to you and your family on reaching this milestone as your senior graduates from High School!  It is our sincere hope that your graduation party will be a positive memory and experience for all.  As you make plans to celebrate this once in a lifetime achievement, we offer some things for you to consider. 

Remember that in Minnesota, alcohol use is illegal for anyone under 21 years of age.  Because graduation parties are typically well attended and often held outside, we ask that you take steps to restrict access to alcohol and make extra efforts to monitor for possible under-age drinking.

It is illegal for adults to intentionally supply alcohol to teens.  Hefty fines and jail time are possible results for simply providing alcohol to anyone under the age of 21.  If any minor becomes intoxicated and as a result, either causes or suffers great bodily harm or death, the adult(s) furnishing the alcohol can face felony prosecution.  The Minnesota state Legislature has also passed laws that allow injured parties to sue PARENTS in civil court for providing alcohol to minors whose intoxication is a contributing factor in any resulting accidents, injuries, vandalism or other possible harm.

High School graduations are important celebrations in our community.  Our goal is to help you experience a joyful event that keeps your teens safe and sober and leaves you with a lifetime of happy memories!

In Sincere Partnership, Jim Olson,Sherriff of Carver Co., Paul Falls, Chief of Police, Minnetrista, Mark Fredericksen, Principal, Waconia H.S., Kelly Schiffman, Chair, HERO coalition