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Talk About It

Talk About It bubbleThe “Talk About It” campaign is an ongoing PACT initiative that takes, as its basis, a similar national campaign sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). It aims to provide parents with the knowledge, tools and confidence necessary to help them talk to their children about the risks of alcohol and substance use.

Individual “Talk About It” messages have covered topics including:

Alcohol Poisoning: This postcard educates young people about the signs of alcohol poisoning, and what to do when it occurs.

Binge drinking: This postcard focuses not only on the definition of binge drinking, but on the fact that some 90 percent of youth alcohol use is in the form of binge drinking.

Marijuana: This postcard instructs parents and teens about marijuana’s detrimental effects including its impact on learning, IQ, memory and attention.

Teen Alcohol Use: This postcard talks about the unique risks alcohol poses to  young people when they use it. For each year that the start of drinking is delayed, the risk of later alcohol dependence is reduced by 14 percent.

The role that parents play in communicating the dangers of alcohol and substance use to their children is central to the “Talk About It” campaign. Thus, it reiterates the “Talk Early. Talk Often. Keep Talking” message as an ongoing reminder that no matter what the particular subject matter, the conversation needs to be continual — and that parental disapproval is the #1 reason teens say they don’t drink.

Examples of individual “Talk About It” postcards — which are distributed through the schools and in other Pelham locations — can be seen and downloaded below.