What We Know
Years of research has demonstrated that parents retain the most influence in a child’s life regarding the use of alcohol and drugs. When a child believes their parent or guardian views using substances as harmful or inappropriate, the child is less likely to engage in this risky behavior.
We also know:
-The earlier adolescents experiment with drugs, the more likely they are to have serious problems later
-Those who engage in substance use at age 15 and earlier are 5 x’s more likely to develop problems later
-When drinking is delayed until age 21 the risk of serious alcohol problems is decreased by 70%
-Each additional year of delayed drinking onset reduces the probability of alcohol dependence by 14%
-1 in 4 families suffer from some type of addiction
-According to a study from 1996-2013 by the American Journal of Public Health, the number of people currently being prescribed a benzodiazepine, such as Xanax or valium, rose by 67% and the average quantity of each prescription increased by 140%
The more educated we are the greater chance we have to help keep youth safe.
Meetings are open to the public
and are held the first Monday of each month excluding July. 6PM, 91 West St lower level, Danbury, CT