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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.   

You've talked with your teens about the health, safety and legal consequences of underage drinking, but what about marijuana?  Before you talk with your teens, do you know the facts about the effects on teen health?  Do you know how to talk with your teen, what to do and how to help if your teen is already using marijuana?  Are you clear on what the new laws are for Washington?

Two new publications, A Parent's Guide to Preventing Marijuana Use, and Marijuana: Know the Facts, are available at www.learnaboutmarijuanawa.org.  These and other resources will help you join the conversation that teens are already having, and be a source of accurate information.

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