Monday, October 15, 2001

New help on warning kids about drugs

Free booklet promotes message: Talking works

By Cindy Kranz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati todaylaunches a campaign designed to help parents talk effectively to their kids about drugs.

        ""Strong Voices. Smart Choices. Talk To Kids About Drugs,” kicks off at 11:30 a.m. on Fountain Square. The campaign's message: the stronger the parents' voices, the better their child's choices.

        The coalition's 2000 Student Personal Drug Use Survey revealed decreases in use among students who have parents who talk to them and set clear and consistent rules regarding alcohol, tobacco and drugs.

        As part of the campaign, a 15-page booklet, “Parents' Guide to Talking with Kids about Drugs,” will be distributed by local CVS and Kroger pharmacists. Research shows people pay attention to literature that pharmacists distribute with prescriptions, said Rhonda Ramsey Molina, the coalition's executive director.

        The booklet contains suggestions for age-appropriate conversations, from those with preschoolers to high school graduates.

        Ryan Novince, an 18-year-old Sycamore High School senior, attests to the value of parental involvement. His parents warned about the dangers of drug and alcohol use.

        “My parents and my family have had an impact on me. They instilled those values within me,” said Ryan. “It's something I respect in myself. It's definitely one of the reasons I remain drug-free.”


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