Useful Links from Human Services District and Board Member, Ed Puyau

Please Click “Read More” to see our helpful links below. National Substance Abuse Prevention Month: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: Bullying Prevention Month: National Medicine Abuse Prevention Month:
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National Marijuana Initiative

A new website,, has taken on Marijuana awareness. The National Marijuana Initiative strives to dispel misconceptions about marijuana and raise awareness of issues surrounding the drug; so that citizens and policymakers can make well-informed choices regarding marijuana use and regulations. Some of the services they offer include: Educational presentations on marijuana and the effects of its legalization for law enforcement groups, public forums, community coalitions, and legislators. The NMI Speakers Bureau, which consists of independent subject matter experts who conduct informational presentations about their respective fields. A public resource for valid information and reliable data based upon current research into marijuana and its impacts.
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Why Should You Talk to Your Teens?

“Statistics show that when parents talk to their kids about alcohol or drugs, they are 42% less likely to try them–and more likely to succeed in every way. You have more influence on your child’s values about drinking and drugs before he or she begins to use them–especially during the preteen and early teen years. That’s why it’s important to arm yourself with information and tools to help your children avoid the dangers of alcohol and drugs now.

Be Aware

It’s also important to be aware of your child’s plans and whereabouts. It’s a simple way to let them know you care about them, what they’re doing, and who their friends are. It’s not about trusting them. Let them know you care, even if you can’t be together.”

*Jackson, C. Perceived legitimacy of parental authority and tobacco and alcohol use during early adolescence. Journal of Adolescent Health 31(5): 425-432, 2002.


“Parents are the biggest influence in a teen’s life. That’s why it’s important to talk regularly with your teen. Approach your conversation with openness and empathy and be sure to clearly communicate that you do not want your teen using drugs or alcohol. Remind your teen of your support and be sure to listen to what he or she has to say.”