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All children deserve the opportunity to live healthy, productive lives. Our society assumes this will happen for all children, but it’s critical that we know the essentials for actually making this happen. We know that the key is to start investing in young people’s futures early and continue those investments throughout their formative years. But, do we know what to invest in?
Lemonade by the pool, the smell of fresh cut grass, relaxing with friends and family. Summer means all these things, but, unfortunately, it can also mean a time of increased risk for youth. In June and July, the average first use of alcohol by young people in the United States peaks.1 Every day in the month of July, an average 11,600 young people take their first drink.SAMHSA and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) are working together this month to make parents and caregivers aware of these summertime risks. To encourage parents and caregivers to talk with their children about alcohol and give them the tools they need to have this conversation, SAMHSA launched “Talk.
As part of the “Talk. They Hear You.” campaign, SAMHSA launched an online simulation tool that helps parents and caregivers practice talking with their kids about the dangers of underage drinking.