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What you say and what you do matters.

 Parents can have the greatest affect on a young person's decision to use  OR NOT to use marijuana during early adolescence.  Drugs, including tobacco and alcohol, are easily available to children and adolescents. Most likely, children in grade school have not yet begun to use alcohol, tobacco, or any other kind of drug. That is why, grade school is a good time to start talking about the dangers of drug use. Research shows that parents who talk to their children before the age of 13 will increase the likelihood that the youth will not use marijuana.

While adolescents’ brains are developing, they are at greater risk to developing risky behaviors and habits from substance use. The earlier and more frequent the use the greater their chances for substance dependence later in life. Research shows that the earlier adolescents start using marijuana, the more likely they are to become dependent on this or other illicit drugs later in life.*10% of WSESU students reported having used marijuana prior to age 13. Using marijuana at an early age affects adolescent brain development and puts youth at greater risk for dependency later in life. Talk honestly with your child about healthy choices and risky behaviors. Listen to what your child has to say. Make talking and listening a habit, the earlier the better!

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