Substance Abuse Prevention

Colchester Youth Services wants to remind parents that when it comes to talking to kids about drugs and alcohol, Silence Isn’t Golden. It’s Permission. It’s probably not just “going to come up,” but a conversation about the risks of drug use has to occur between you and your teen. And since you are the parent, it begins with you. Kids are tempted to use alcohol and drugs at much younger ages than you would like to believe.  In fact, on average CT children start consuming alcohol at age 11 (2 years earlier than the national average).

The truth is that kids who learn a lot about the risks of drugs from their parents are up to 50 percent less likely to use drugs. Unfortunately, less than one third of teens actually do get their drug education from their parents and that needs to change.

Remember, You Matter! Parents are the most powerful influence on their teens when it comes to drug use.  Not friends.  Not school.  You.  And it’s up to you to be proactive and use that influence early and often.  It’s a conversation that needs to happen so that your teenager knows where you stand on this critical issue.

For more information on our Community Conversations, click on a flyer below:

Do you or someone you know need support with a substance abuse problem?

The Words Start Your Recovery with and Arrow wrapping around the words

Internet Safety/ Social Media Awareness- December 5, 2018

Internet safety 12.5.18

Clear the Air About Vaping- October 24, 2018

Clear the air 10.24.18

DIRT- June 14, 2018

DIRT 6.14.18

Chasing the Dragon- May 23, 2018

Chasing the dragon 5.23.18

What were you thinking?!- April 5, 2018

What were you thinking 4.5.18

Screenagers- March 14, 2018

Screenagers 3.14.18

Hidden in Plain Sight- February 22, 2018

Hidden in plain sight 2.22.18

The Mask You Live In- October 24, 2017

The mask you live in 10.24.17

Parenting through the Opioid Crisis- October 4, 2017

 

High in Plain Sight - April 4, 2017

Community Conversations Flyer

Table Talk - February 8, 2017

Table Talk Community Conversations Flyer

Parenting the Snapchat Generation - January 12, 2017

Community Conversations Flyer

Underage Binge Drinking - May 4th, 2016

Community Conversations Flyer

 Spotlight on Heroin - February 3, 2016

Community Converstations - Spotlight on Heroin

Vaping: More dangerous than you think - October 7th, 2015

Community Converstations

Additional Resources

Set the RulesCt.org logo

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

The Medical Abuse Project Logo

National institute on Drug Abuse

Safegayrd my Meds Logo of Hand Grabbing towards medicine on a shelf