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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Archive for the ‘Underage drinking’ Category

Free webinars address teen drug use

teen substance abuse

The statistics on teen drug use are alarming. The 2014 Arizona Youth Survey states that “two-thirds of Arizona youth will try drugs, alcohol and tobacco before graduating high school.” This sobering statistic leaves parents with many unanswered questions, including, “Where do kids get drugs?” This was the topic for a recent Lunchtime Webinar series sponsored by, a program of Southwest […]

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How much is binge drinking?

teens, binge drinking, AAP

Despite recent declines, two out of every three students (66 percent) have consumed more than just a few sips of alcohol by the end of high school, and over a quarter have done so by eighth grade. In 2014, half of 12th graders and one in nine eighth graders reported having been drunk at least […]

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ASU conference explores violence prevention

A recently released report on the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting last December reminds us all that violence prevention deserves the year-round attention of parents, teachers and community members who work with children and teens. Last week ASU convened a free full-day conference exploring strategies for predicting and preventing rampage killings, which typically involve random targets […]

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Thumbs up to Chandler teen for her courage to “Own Up”

Eighteen-year-old Rebecca “Becca” Blaser of Mesa has more than one reason to celebrate. Last month, she graduated from Seton Catholic Preparatory High School in Chandler. She also won a recent essay contest for Arizona’s Own Up campaign. As a new effort to lessen the incidence of underage drinking in Arizona, Own Up challenged students across […]

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