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A.C.T.I.O.N. Generation

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Ellen Zornes
KY-ASAP (Agency for Substance Abuse Policy)


Please…Take A Stand…Don’t Be the One…


Know the law and DON’T provide alcohol to underage youth.


Kentucky youth who drink underage reported that they obtain alcohol from older friends, siblings and other adults more often than from retail outlets.


In Kentucky, if you knowingly give, purchase, or procure any alcoholic beverage in any form to or for a minor, you may be found guilty of unlawful transaction with a minor in the third degree (KRS 530.070). This is a Class A misdemeanor and could result in up to one year in jail

and a $500 fine.


In addition, many communities across Kentucky now have local social host ordinances that hold a property owner responsible for an underage drinking party that occurs on their property. Penalties vary across communities but typically include hefty fines and sometimes require the property owner to reimburse the community for the cost of any emergency or enforcement response.


Why does underage drinking matter? Drinking and driving crashes are not the only negative consequence of underage drinking. Teens that drink are also at increased risk for problems such as physical injury, sexual assault, and unprotected sex (often leading to unplanned pregnancy). Not to mention teens that drink are four times more likely to develop alcoholism.


 Additionally, teens are still undergoing significant brain development—until they reach their early 20s. Exposure to alcohol can keep vital areas of the brain responsible for memory, decision making, and coordination from reaching their full potential. The cost is lifelong.


For more information, contact Kentucky’s Alcohol Prevention Enhancement Site Coordinator, P.O. Box 13670, Lexington, KY 40583-3670


(T): 859.225.3296 (F): 859.254.2412


Or contact your local Regional Prevention Center in Somerset Toll Free at 866-213-8739 or 606-679-9425.  


Take That Stand…And Don’t Be the One…


"A.C.T.I.O.N.  Generation"
     Influencing our next Generation to be Substance Free 
Ellen Zornes
Adair County Schools
District Coordinator
  Academic Recovery, Dropout Prevention
  KY-ASAP (Agency for Substance Abuse Policy)
1204 Greensburg Street
Columbia, KY  42728
Phone:  270-384-3400
Fax:  270-384-3388 
Cell:  270-250-3400

A.C.T.I.O.N. Generation is programs, activities and resources that help make Adair County an even better place to live. We’re your local Agency for Substance Abuse Policy Board and we’re Influencing our next Generation to be Substance Free! 

For updated information concerning substance abuse awareness and prevention, please follow us on FaceBook at Adair County for Drug Free Kids
Talk with your Child!
           You have more power
                      than you ever dreamed possible…
                                Use it to keep
     your child
                                DRUG FREE!
Everyone else is talking to your child about drugs…
shouldn’t you be too?

Facts from the Partnership for a Drug Free America
 According to the Partnership for a Drug Free America, the scope of the problem consists of:
  • 13-14 is the average age of the first use of illicit drugs (among adolescents who have used)
  • 25% of 8th graders reported having tried an illicit drug
  • Only 32% of teens “learned a lot about the risks of drugs” from their parents
  • 27% of teens say drugs are their #1 concern and that social pressure is their #2 concern at 21%
  • Parents think differently, 58% saying social pressures are teens #1 concern. 
If we can help our kids get through their teenage years without trying drugs, they are likely to never use drugs as an adult.

Here are some suggested things to keep in mind when you talk to your child:
  • Tell your son or daughter that you LOVE him/her, and you are worried that he/she might be using drugs or alcohol;
  • You KNOW that drugs may seem like the thing to do, but doing drugs can have serious consequences;
  • It makes you FEEL worried and concerned about them when they do drugs;
  • You are there to LISTEN to them;
  • You WANT them to be a part of the solution;
  • You tell him or her what you WILL do to help them.
  • KNOW that you will have this discussion many, many times. Talking to your kid about drugs and alcohol is not a one-time event.
Make Agreements with Yourself
Tell yourself that you won’t “lose it” with your child. Anger and hostility won’t get you anywhere in this conversation. Stay as calm as possible. Remember, you are the parent and you are in charge. Be kind, simple, and direct in your statements to your child. Above all, remember to tell your child that you love him or her! The conversation will not be perfect — no conversation ever is. Know that you are doing the right thing for your child. That’s what matters most!
Conversations: What to Say
The major reason you have to have a conversation with your child about drugs and alcohol is because your kids need to be educated by you. They need to hear from their parents that teen drug and alcohol use is not condoned in your family. They need to learn from their parents about the consequences of drug and alcohol use. Most importantly, they need to be held accountable for their actions with drugs and alcohol use.

What happens if you suspect that your teen is already using alcohol and drugs? What do you say to them? The conversation is the same: parents need to tell their kids that drug and alcohol use by teens is not allowed in your family.
The issue won't go away until you do something. You will get to the point where you can't deny that the problem exists. You'll have a continuous nagging feeling in the pit of your stomach. You will simply have to acknowledge that your child has a problem — your child is using drugs and that won't get any better until you take action on your child's behalf. It is OK to ask for help. In fact, getting help may make it easier for you to have the conversation.
Below is a very good link for as many street terms as you can imagine. 
Subject: Drug Slang Terms, etc.
Send loving messages, for example:
  • "I love you too much to let you hurt yourself."
  • "I know other people your age use drugs, but I can't let you continue to behave this way."
  • "We'll do anything we can to help you. If tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs are part of the problem, we must talk about it right away."
  • "If you are sad, upset, or mad, we want to help you. But our family will not permit any use of tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs."
Don't be critical (avoid these statements):
· "There's only one reason you could be acting this way -- you must be on drugs."
· "Don't think you are fooling me. I know what you are doing."
· "How could you be so stupid as to start using drugs and alcohol?"
· "How could you do this to our family?"
· "Where did I go wrong? What did I do to make you start using tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs?"
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