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Guide Helps Parents Steer Teens Safely Through Back-To-School Transitions

The Partnership for a Drug-Free America sponsors its fourth annual Time To Talk Month and encourages parents to download an online guide to help guide their teens through tough transition times, including back to school, when added social and academic pressures make teens more vulnerable to trying drugs and alcohol. Time To TalkŪ is the Partnership's movement designed to help parents and caregivers start and maintain open, honest dialogue, and help them talk with their kids about the risks of drugs and alcohol.

A recent online survey of more than 2,500 moms conducted by Vocalpoint.com in collaboration with the Partnership revealed that their number-one concern about back-to-school time is that their child "might be exposed to kids who drink or use drugs" (29 percent), followed closely by worries that their teens "will feel pressure to do well academically or pressure from tests" (22 percent).

"The beginning of the school year is an especially vulnerable time for most kids, especially for teens making the move from middle school to high school, or any child who is starting a new school," says Sandi Delack, RN, President of the National Association of School Nurses. "The good news is that there's a lot of support available for parents to help their kids make a smoother, safer transition. One significant resource for parents is the school nurse, who has experience working with children and adolescents and an understanding of the stress students experience in school."

To download your copy of "Transitions & Teens: A Guide for Parents," visit www.timetotalk.org.

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