We believe that prevention of risky behavior by youth starts at home.
We’ve collected resources for parents and other influential adults to assist in your efforts.
Knowledge is power!
Talking with teens about alcohol and other drugs:
It’s never too late to start talking with your teen about the risks of underage drinking and other substance use. As teens get older, they make more decisions on their own, and also face more temptation and peer pressure. Though it may not seem like it, teems really do hear your concerns.
It’s important you show that you care and continue having conversations with them about the dangers of alcohol and other drugs, and why they shouldn’t use them.
1. Show you disapprove of underage drinking and other drug misuse
Over 80 percent of young people ages 10-18 say their parents are the leading influence on their decision whether or not to drink. Don’t assume they know how you feel – send a strong and clear message that you disapprove.
2. Show you care about your teen's health, wellness and success
Young people are more likely to listen when they know you’re on their side. Reinforce why you don’t want your child to drink or use other drugs. The conversation will go much better if you’re open and show your concern for their well-being.
3. Show you're a good source of information about alcohol and drugs
You want your teen to make informed decisions about alcohol and other drugs with reliable information. Establish yourself as a trustworthy source of information.
4. Show you're paying attention and you will discourage risky behaviors
Young people are more likely to drink or use other drugs if they think no ne will notice. Show that you know what you’re teen is up to, but do it subtly and try not to pry. Ask about plans and friends because you care.
5. Build your teen's skills and strategies for avoiding drinking and drug use
Even if you don’t think your child wants to drink or try other drugs, peer pressure is a powerful thing. Having a plan can help your children make better choices. Talk to them about what they would do if faced with the decision about alcohol and drugs. Practice saying “No thanks” with them in a safe environment and keep it low-key. You don’t have to get everything across in one talk, plan to check in frequently and keep the lines of communication open.
Help for talking about alcohol and other drugs
Each participating school is eligible to receive a report specific to their own student’s responses. The local reports provide critical information to school administrators, prevention professionals, and community members as they work to address substance misuse issues in their communities.
The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) has funded the administration of the Illinois Youth Survey (IYS) biennially since 1990. The Pledge for Life Partnership has helped bring these surveys to local schools.
Kankakee County Substance use trends
Iroquois County Substance use trends
Prescription drug misuse prevention
Take medications exactly as prescribed
Using prescription medicine properly is important for the safety and health of those in your family, Follow these guidelines to ensure safety:
- Only take medicine that is prescribed to you.
- Make a list of medicines you are taking now. Include the does, how often you take them, the imprint on each tablet or capsule and the name of the pharmacy.
- Any time your medications change, change your list. Double-check the imprints on the tablets and capsules.
- List your medication and food allergies and any over-the-counter medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements or herbal products that you take regularly.
- Keep medications in their original containers. Many pills look alike, this way you’ll know which pill it is.
- Never take someone else’s medication. You don’t know if it will interact with your medications, the dose may be wrong or you or may be allergic.
- Read the label every time you take a dose, to make sure you have the right drug and the correct instructions.
- Turn the lights on – if you can’t see what you’re taking you may take the wrong thing.
- Don’t store medications in the bathroom or in direct sunlight. Humidity, heat and light can affect medications’ potency and safety.
- Don’t chew, crush or break capsules or tablets unless instructed. Some long lasting medications are absorbed too fast other won’t be as effective or could make you sick.
- To give liquid medication, use only the cup or other measuring device that came with it. Dosing errors can happen because the cups are often different sizes or have different markings.