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Resources for Grandparents
The places where people live, work and go to school can greatly influence the health of community members. Grandparents and senior citizens--working alongside youth, community coalitions, businesses and other leaders—can make their communities healthier by addressing substance use issues and advocating for strong prevention programs in their communities and schools.
What Can Grandparents & Senior Citizens Do to Support Drug-Free Communities?
Are you familiar with how alcohol and other drug use effects local residents?
Click below to see statistics for youth in your school district http://healthvermont.gov/research/yrbs/2013/district_results.aspx
Click below to see statistics for adults in your region/community
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Your local community coalition or Prevention Consultant can tell you more about the substance use issues in the community. Coalition Map
Begin talking with your grandchild today – starting at age 2 or 3 is not too young – many teens who use alcohol, tobacco and marijuana report their first use being when they were 11 or 12 years old. Waiting until middle school to have “the talk” with some kids is way too late. And keep talking with them well into their adulthood- the human brain and body is not fully developed until well into our twenties.
Talking to your kids is a resource to help you talk to your grandkids about nicotine, alcohol and other drugs.
Kids are surrounded by pressures and influences. Make sure you are armed with the latest and most accurate info—so you can be the best influence possible. - See more at Parent Up VT
What To Say if You Were Once Addicted Talking About Drugs
VADIC provides communities with informational resources pertaining to substance abuse and at-risk issues. VADIC is a grant-funded program, and its services are free for Vermonters. www.vadic.org
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