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Have the Talk With Your Kids in the New Year!
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Download the “Talk. They Hear You.” app, an interactive game that helps you learn the do’s and don’ts of talking to kids about underage drinking. Using avatars, you’ll practice bringing up the topic of alcohol; learn the questions to ask; and get ideas for keeping the conversation going.

Here are some tips to help you talk to your students – of all ages – about drugs and alcohol.

To help guide the conversation, SAMHSA has created two free resources:

  • The Sound of Your Voice is a short animated video that encourages parents to talk with their young adults about the potential consequences of underage alcohol use.
  • Talking With Your College-Bound Young Adult About Alcohol is a companion guide that emphasizes the continuing influence parents have over alcohol use decisions by their older children. This short guide offers tips on when and how to have the conversation.

SAMHSA encourages parents to view and use these resources and to share them with fellow parents. High school and college administrators can help by displaying the materials during Parent–Teacher Association meetings, college tours, and other events involving college-bound students and parents.

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Prescription Drugs

Safely store and throw away unused or expired medicine. It prevents misuse.

Here are three steps you can take to ensure the safe use, storage, and disposal of prescription drugs.

1. SAFE USE
Only take medication prescribed to you by a doctor. Only use it in the prescribed dosage. And never share prescription drugs with friends and family.

2. SAFE STORAGE
Store prescription medication locked and out of reach of kids, family, and guests. Know where it is at all times. Keep it in its original bottle with its label.

3. SAFE DISPOSAL
Most Prescription drugs should NOT be flushed down the toilet or washed down the sink. In Vermont, you can drop off your medications at a permanent disposal site. Proper disposal helps avoid harming water sources, wildlife, pets, and people.

Drop off medications at these local permanent disposal sites:

Washington County Sheriff’s Department: (802) 223-3001
10 Elm Street, Montpelier, VT

Barre City Police Department: (802) 476-6613
15 Fourth Street, Barre, VT

Learn more in our prevention tips.


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