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The 2023 National Red Ribbon Week Theme

Posted by Informed Families on January 30, 2023 at 11:43 AM

Drum roll please... introducing the 2023 National Red Ribbon Week Theme: "Be Kind to Your Mind. Live Drug-Free."™

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Topics: parenting, teenagers, teens, redribbonfridays

Helping Our Kids Take Pride in Their Accomplishments

Posted by Informed Families on January 19, 2023 at 5:45 PM

So often it seems our interactions with our children consist mainly of telling them what not to do, and what they’re doing wrong. But sometimes we need to focus on what they’re doing right. Indeed, we need to encourage them more than just sometimes.

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Topics: parenting, teenagers, teens, accomplishments

Searching for Answers on the Fentanyl Crisis

Posted by Informed Families on January 15, 2023 at 1:53 PM

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) reported last month that federal authorities seized more than 379 million potentially deadly doses of fentanyl last year, enough to kill every American.

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Topics: parenting, drug, teenagers, drug abuse, study, teens, fentanyl

Try Dry January . . . or Dry February . . . or Dry March . . .

Posted by Peggy B. Sapp, President & CEO on January 9, 2023 at 11:32 AM

President's Message - January 2023

Let me start by wishing all of you a happy and healthy new year! And to thank you all for the work you’ve done over the last year to help keep our children safe from drugs of all kinds. We’ve accomplished some good things together, and I want to urge you to keep up the fight.
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Topics: President's Message, alcohol, Informed Families, alcohol use, alcohol abuse

Study Finds Teens Missing the Message on Vaping, Tobacco

Posted by Informed Families on December 29, 2022 at 8:49 PM

In a sign that young people are not heeding the warnings about the dangers of smoking and vaping, a new study commissioned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than three million U.S. middle and high school students used some form of tobacco product within the previous 30 days in 2022.

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Topics: parenting, teenagers, study, teens, tobacco, vaping

The Right Way To Involve Your Child in Sports

Posted by Informed Families on December 22, 2022 at 5:32 PM

When famed soccer reporter Grant Wahl died suddenly during the World Cup earlier this month, his wife, physician Céline Gounder, told CBS News, “I want people to remember him as this kind, generous person.”

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Topics: parenting, teenagers, sports, teens, social media, Family Table Time

One Child’s Fentanyl Death

Posted by Informed Families on December 19, 2022 at 2:16 PM

“When you approach a dead body, there is a void there, and I’d never sensed that before, and that’s when my world was destroyed,” Air Force veteran and airline pilot Chris Didier told The Washington Post. His son seemed asleep at his desk.

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Topics: parenting, teenagers, teens, social media, fentanyl

Keep Your Kids From Taking Catfishers’ Bait

Posted by Informed Families on December 11, 2022 at 6:58 PM

The story was tragic. A former Virginia police officer drove nearly 3,000 miles to Riverside, California, to kidnap a teenage girl he had met online through “catfishing,” a type of online deception in which someone pretends to be someone else, especially to pursue fraudulent online romances.

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Topics: parenting, teenagers, teens, social media, valor

People Are Gifts

Posted by Peggy B. Sapp, President & CEO on December 9, 2022 at 5:43 PM

President's Message - December 2022

As we enter the “official” season of giving, we all start to think about appropriate gifts for each of our loved ones. We may forget, however, that the gift of ourselves is the best gift of all. The following essay is one which we have published before, many times, but it never fails to touch my heart and helps me realize anew how important its message is. I hope you enjoy it too. Happy Holidays!
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Topics: President's Message, holidays, Informed Families

Teaching Kids the Meaning of Valor

Posted by Informed Families on November 27, 2022 at 5:15 PM

One of the topics in this month’s Family Table Time kit is valor. But if you try to tell your child what it means to have valor, they may wonder why you’re bothering, them since they’re not serving in the military.

Why would a kid need to worry about courage or bravery, as the dictionary defines the word, in their everyday lives?

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Topics: parenting, teenagers, teens, valor

About Us

We teach people how to say no to drugs and how to make healthy choices. To reduce the demand for drugs, Informed Families has focused its efforts on educating and mobilizing the community, parents and young people in order to change attitudes. In this way we counteract the pressures in society that condone and promote drug and alcohol use and abuse. The organization educates thousands of families annually about how to stay drug and alcohol free through networking and a variety of programs and services .

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