A Parent’s Guide for the Prevention of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Use

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Parents and teachers alike are aware that one of the toughest challenges we face is helping our children avoid the perils of substance abuse. Through the efforts of the East Rockaway School District Prevention Task Force, parents, school personnel and community organizations have joined together to create and implement comprehensive, community-based prevention efforts aimed at protecting our children and eliminating tolerance of underage drinking and drug use.  

Thanks to a partnership with the East Rockaway Kiwanis, members of the Prevention Task Force created an informative resource guide, “A Parent’s Guide for the Prevention of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Use.” The purpose of this resource is to help parents understand the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse and provide ways to seek help, support and guidance, if necessary. The ERSD Prevention Task Force kicked off districtwide distribution of this guide at the Vaping Forum held at East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School in December 2017. Representatives from the task force also attended several other district events to distribute this resource, including building PTA meetings, the junior-senior high school’s winter and spring sports tip-off nights and parent/teacher conferences. 

To date, more than 150 households have received their copy and the feedback is positive, indicating that this guide increases awareness of the types of drugs commonly abused by teens, the signs and symptoms of drug use, the negative effects of substance use, child and adolescent brain development and local resources available for early intervention. 

If you have not received a copy of “A Parent’s Guide for the Prevention of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Use,” please look for a Prevention Task Force representative at an upcoming event, including the pre-prom meeting and the Dr. Dewey presentation on May 1, as well as elementary, middle school and high school graduation and moving-up ceremonies.