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Winchester, MA --The Burlington Drug and Alcohol Task Force and Woburn Memorial High School's LEARN will be co-sponsoring a parent workshop series in March to teach parents proactive prevention steps that will reduce substance abuse risks for their adolescents.
APPLAUDD: A Prevention Program Learning About Underage Drinking and Drugs is a four-part series of presentations designed to empower parents of students grades 5 through 12 with proven strategies that reduce risk of underage drinking and drug abuse. APPLAUDD will be presented on Tuesdays March 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 7
p.m. in the Marshall Simonds Middle School Auditorium, 114 Winn Street in Burlington.
Parents from surrounding communities are invited to participate in this unique award-winning program. "Parents have been touted as the keys to preventing alcohol and other drug problems among youth, and research now shows that environmental and genetic risk factors can be trumped by parental engagement during the critical adolescent years," according to Nora D. Volkow, M.D., director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
Alcohol and other drug research have shown that positive parental involvement is an important protective factor that decreases risk of drug abuse and underage drinking. Yet most parents do not feel that they have any power to influence their adolescents because teens build barriers to keep their parents at a distance. This normal developmental stage during adolescence serves to discourage parents from being involved in their children's lives.
But parents can become empowered to be their children's primary drug and alcohol abuse prevention educator. Each APPLAUDD session will focus different aspects of substance abuse including heroin, cocaine, prescription drugs, marijuana, legal highs, inhalants, underage drinking, adolescent brain development, the new marijuana law, social host liability law, parent-teen communication skills and proven prevention parenting strategies.
APPLAUDD won a national "Service to Science" award from the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention in 2010 for being a unique and innovative prevention program. As part of this award, participants will be asked their opinions through pre-program and post-program surveys. Participation in these surveys is voluntary and not a requirement of attendance.