Get Involved in Prevention
Investment in proven prevention strategies are working to keep most youth alcohol and drug-free, however, prevention programs are not available in every community. Effective youth substance use prevention requires many partners in every community, working together to address substance abuse. Young people need consistent, non-use messages and support throughout their community to help them make healthy choices. Consider ways you can engage partners in the following actions. For examples and stories about collaboration from other communities, visit captcollaboration.edc.org.
Actions for Parents
• Bonding: Kids who feel close to their parents are less likely to use alcohol or marijuana. It’s important to stay involved and support their interests.
• Set boundaries: Set clear rules and expectations about no alcohol or marijuana use. Talk with your kids early and often about the importance of staying alcohol and drug-free. Never give alcohol or marijuana to anyone under the age of 21.
• Monitoring: Always know where your kids are, who they are with and what they will be doing. Check with other parents to make sure they are home to supervise.
• Lock up any alcohol, marijuana, or prescription drugs at home.
• Teach your kids about the ways substance use can harm their health and future plans. Kids who learn about the risks of drugs at home are less like to use them (Partnership Attitude Tracking Study). Get tips for talking with kids at StartTalkingNow.org.
• Take action if you think your teen is using alcohol or marijuana. Talk to your school’s counselor, or for confidential information and referrals to help in your area, call the Washington Recovery Help Line at 1-866-789-1511.
To learn more about the prevention coalitions located within Grant County, please see below.
Moses Lake Community Coalition (MLCC) meets every third Thursday of every month (except July) from noon to 1 pm at the Grant Integrated Services main building (840 East Plum Moses Lake, WA 98837). Virtual options are available.
For more information, contact the Coalition Coordinator (509) 765-9239, ext. 5321.
The Quincy Partnership for Youth (QPY) meets every second Thursday of the month (except December) from 3:30 to 5:00 pm in various locations throughout the community. Virtual and translation options are available upon request.
For more information, contact the Coalition Coordinator [email protected]
The Wahluke Community Coalition (WCC) meets the last Thursday of every month (except July) from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm in various locations with virtual and translation options available.
For more information, contact the Coalition Coordinator (503) 765-6354.