For those of you who love statistics, here are a few from this past week. Ninety percent of cigarette smokers started as teens. Ninety percent of kids who purchase e-cigs and vapes do so online. Seventy five percent of people who comply with prescribed treatment, whether for diabetes or addiction, are successful. Sixty percent of calls to poison centers are for kids 0 to 5 years who ingested liquid nicotine. And 70 partners attended our quarterly meeting!
Next week is spring break so, before you check out, I want to remind you of all the great programs we have planned upon your return.
Parent Sessions run Tuesday nights from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in CV High’s library. Bring your kids to hear CHP Officer Ryan Bejar talk about distracted driving and DUI on March 26, same time/same place. He’ll bring “drunk goggles” that alter reality. They’ll love it and they will learn just how dangerous it is to drink and drive. I hate to write this on International Women’s Day, but if you have sons bring them as they are the group with the riskiest driving behavior.
Speaking of spring break, I hope that you and your family find time to do something fun together. Our family is heading to Florida and we’re bringing my daughter’s best friend. They will be spending the night with my nephew and his girlfriend in their apartment in Hollywood. As I tell my nieces and nephews (ranging in ages 22-31), “Don’t you dare turn my daughter on!” I don’t want them introducing her to alcohol or any other drug, and I shake my finger in their face and threaten them with injury they cannot imagine, a caricature of the classic Jewish mother. But I mean it, and they know it and they know their responsibility is to protect my child.
My dad always told me it’s friends who get you into trouble because you’ll do things with them and for them that you wouldn’t for anyone else. Same goes for close family relations. That’s why the whole family is a good prevention tool. That and a crazy Aunt Suzy.
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