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Are you waiting for your kids to talk to you about marijuana?  Now that marjuana is legal in Washington for those who are 21 and older, it's more important than ever for parents to talk with their kids about not using marijuana. 

A new toolkit, Preventing Underage Marijuana Use, is now available for educating middle and high-school aged youth and their parents about the health and safety risks for young people, and about Washington's marijuana law.

The toolkit includes a parent's guide with tips for preventing underage use of marijuana, the warning signs of teen marijuana use, and how to get help if a teen is already using marijuana.  The guide discusses the special health risks to teens who use... read more

Prom night.  Graduation!  You want these milestones to be fun and memorable for your teen.  But you also worry about their safety at after-event parties, and for good reason.  The most dangerous time of year for teens is from prom night to graduation, especially when it comes to drinking and driving.  So let's keep our teens safe by being informed and prepared.

While most teens will make healthy choices, some may think of prom and graduation night as a “rite of passage” that should include alcohol.  One reason for this is that the alcohol industry spends over $5 billion on ads each year - ads which often imply that drinking alcohol will make you more attractive and popular, and is a key ingredient for fun parties.  A USA Today survey found that teens say ads have a greater... read more

420. What do these numbers mean? Many parents are unaware that 420 has become a term associated with marijuana use and that April 20th has become a sort of “counter culture” holiday where people gather to celebrate and consume cannabis.

Knowledge is power, and so is your influence.  Get the facts about how marijuana use can cause memory and learning problems in teens, and other risks to teen health.  Find out what to say and do to help keep your teen drug-free.  Visit www.learnaboutmarijuanawa.org.   

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