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Building a HEALTHY Community

HEALTHY Tekoa Coalition 2019
Our mission is to promote healthy, positive choices in Tekoa youth by working together to reduce substance abuse.
How can I prevent my child from using alcohol or marijuana? More Information

Remember to follow these parenting guidelines:

1. Create close bonds with your children. More information

Children are less likely to drink or use drugs when their parents are involved in their lives and when they feel close to their parents. Family conflict and lack of bonding increase the risk of drinking and drug use.

2. Set clear boundaries for your children.

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Set clear rules early and talk about the rules often.

3. Monitor your child’s interactions.

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Always know what your kids are doing. Help them plan safe and fun activities.

December is

National Drugged & Drunk Driving Prevention Month

Drugged driving is driving a vehicle while impaired due to the intoxicating effects of recent drug use. It can make driving a car unsafe—just like driving after drinking alcohol. Drugged driving puts the driver, passengers, and others who share the road at serious risk.

Teen and older adult drivers are most often affected by drugged driving. Teens are less experienced and are more likely than other drivers to underestimate or not recognize dangerous situations. They are also more likely to speed and allow less distance between vehicles.

Because drugged driving puts people at a higher risk for crashes, public health experts urge people who use drugs and alcohol to develop social strategies to prevent them from getting behind the wheel of a car while impaired. 

Steps people can take include:

  • offering to be a designated driver
  • appointing a designated driver to take all car keys
  • getting a ride to and from parties where there are alcohol and/or drugs.
  • discussing the risks of drugged driving with friends in advance

For more information check out NIDA (National Institute on Drug Addiction) https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/drugged-driving

Why Prevent Underage Drinking?

Underage drinking and youth substance abuse cause our young people to put themselves in dangerous situations and can harm the developing adolescent brain in ways only recently understood. 

Drug and alcohol use by those under 21 is related to numerous health problems, including injuries and death from car crashes, suicide, homicide, drowning, and recreational mishaps.  

Factors leading to a youth's decision to use drugs or alcohol are complex and likely to include influences from many domains, including peer, family, and community.