Teaching Kids To Stay Away From Drugs And Alcohol Should Begin At An Early Age

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By Jordan Galloway

Original Source: nydailynews.com

It’s scary to think, but a third of children as young as 13 in New York State say they’ve already consumed alcohol — and those as young as 12 report having tried marijuana at least once, according to polling by the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS OASAS).

It’s a window of time when most teens experience what Lindsey Vuolo, associate director of health and law policy at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (NCASA), calls an “initiation” into substance use.

“Adolescence is really the key period,” Vuolo says. “Nine out of 10 people with addictions started using a substance…click here to continue reading

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