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NY Governor Signs Red Ribbon Week Measure

Posted by Peggy B. Sapp, President & CEO on November 9, 2022 at 3:20 PM

President's Message - November 2022

I had intended my article to be about an Attitude of Gratitude, Thankfulness, and Celebration but the news media doesn’t cover any of those topics only Death, Destruction, and Debacle. Maybe that is why we have just a large drug problem we focus on the negative and forget how to Live a Healthy Life.
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Topics: President's Message, college students, teenagers, Informed Families, teens, drugs

DEA Issues Warning on ‘Rainbow’ Fentanyl

Posted by Informed Families on October 29, 2022 at 2:52 PM

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), during the 12-month period ending in April 2021 more than 100,000 Americans died from synthetic opioids. Between May and September of this year, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents around the country seized more than 10 million fentanyl pills and hundreds of pounds of powder, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced in September.

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Topics: parenting, teenagers, teens, drugs, fentanyl

Safety and Behavior for Teens

Posted by Informed Families on October 23, 2022 at 7:48 PM

One of this month’s Family Table Time topics is safety and behavior. While it’s important not to blame victims when bad things happen to them, it’s also important that teens know which behaviors might put them at risk.

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Topics: Family Day, parenting, teenagers, teens

We Have Something Extra to Celebrate This Red Ribbon Week

Posted by Informed Families on October 14, 2022 at 12:03 PM

Red Ribbon Week, celebrated annually from October 23-31, is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention awareness program targeted to K-12 students. The purpose of the commemoration is to raise awareness among the young about the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other harmful drugs.

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Topics: Family Day, parenting, teenagers, teens

Red Ribbon Week Helps to Create Herd Immunity

Posted by Peggy B. Sapp, President & CEO on October 9, 2022 at 7:00 AM

President's Message - October 2022

Red Ribbon is about creating herd or community immunity to the alcohol and drug problems America is facing.
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Topics: President's Message, teenagers, alcohol, Informed Families, teens, drugs

Mindfulness Training Doesn’t Seem to Help Teens

Posted by Informed Families on October 2, 2022 at 9:49 PM

We know there’s a mental health crisis in our young people. It predates the pandemic, but the COVID-based disruptions to their lives made things worse. This has led many schools to initiate various programs to help kids cope with the stress.

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Topics: Family Day, parenting, teenagers, teens

Get On Board the Family Day Fun!

Posted by Informed Families on September 25, 2022 at 5:06 PM

Once each year, we take time to celebrate the people that make our lives meaningful: our families. Family life isn’t always what you’d find in a Hallmark movie, but at the bottom, the love and support we find there offer a sense of belonging and stability in our lives. Sociologists point out that families are critical for healthy development.

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Topics: Family Day, parenting, teenagers, family bonding, teens, family dinner, Family Table Time

Marijuana Use Rising Despite the Dangers

Posted by Informed Families on September 17, 2022 at 11:31 AM

Unfortunately, the news on the popularity of marijuana keeps getting worse, not better.

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Topics: parenting, marijuana, teenagers, teens, drugs, vaping

Study: Kids Who Vape Are More Likely to Use Marijuana

Posted by Informed Families on September 12, 2022 at 8:59 AM

A 2016 survey found that about 10 million Americans vaped regularly. Nearly half of those were under the age of 35, with 18-24-year-olds the most frequent users. In 2018, over three million high school students and 570,000 middle school students reported they were using e-cigarettes, according to the CDC. And the trend is rising: In 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that one in nine high school students said they had vaped in the past month.

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Topics: parenting, marijuana, teenagers, teens, drugs, vaping

We’re talking to YOU!

Posted by Peggy B. Sapp, President & CEO on September 9, 2022 at 1:05 PM

President's Message - August 2022

Over the years, it has been interesting to me that parents consistently think Informed Families is not talking to them but to some other family with problems. Denial is a trademark of addiction!
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Topics: Family Day, President's Message, teenagers, Informed Families, teens, Family Table Time

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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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