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Focus on Preparing Kids for a Drug-Free Future
April 2017 | Issue No. 145
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Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death in the US—more than car accidents, falls, and homicide. Addiction doesn't care. It affects all ages and communities everywhere.
Preventing opioid misuse—including prescription pain medicine and heroin—is a responsibility all parents must accept and share together. When children learn about the risks of drugs at home, they are less likely to use drugs than those who don't. Learn more here.
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417_medication_pouring.jpgEvery year, more than 60,000 kids end up in the ER, because they accidentally got into some medicine when an adult wasn't looking.
According to a recent study in Pediatrics, young children whose mothers are prescribed opioids face a higher risk of accidently overdosing on the medication. Commonly prescribed opioids include codeine, oxycodone, and methadone.
Find out how to prevent accidents like this. 
80% of teens say their parents are the biggest influence on their decision to drink!
417_familytalk_drinking.jpgThe best solution for underage drinking is to talk to your kids, and talk early. Children start to think positively about alcohol around age 9-13, so the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents start talking to their children about alcohol around age 9. That's right—talk to your 9-year-old about alcohol. Get tips here!
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