Adolescent alcohol use: Risky behavior and addiction

April 14, 2014

Preventing underage drinking can be especially tricky because alcohol is an easily accessible, highly available, socially acceptable drug; making it seem somehow less dangerous. And yet research proves otherwise.   Like drinking and driving, or choosing to get in the car with someone who has been drinking: Nearly 40% of all traffic deaths among 16 […]

Our Young People are Fantastic!

February 17, 2014

An excellent read: letter to the editor by Ned Russel with the Good News about young people: http://www.theunion.com/opinion/10157904-113/generation-parents-voices-knowledge “The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer […]

Yes, It’s Still a Big Deal If Your Teen Smokes Pot. And, here’s Why…

January 30, 2014

Recent Article Published in Time Magazine Writes:   With each passing day, it seems, smoking pot becomes less and less stigmatized in our society. In a much-buzzed-about piece in The New Yorker this week, President Obama suggested making pot legal in large part to correct the vast inequities that minorities face in terms of cannabis-related arrests […]

Talk. They Hear You.

October 3, 2013

The greatest influence on young people’s decisions to begin drinking or doing other drugs is the world they live in, including family, friends, schools, and the community environment. PARENTS, you should know that the greatest influences on teens decision to be free from using alcohol or other drugs is YOU. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The […]

Summertime: A Risky Time for Teens

June 20, 2013

Teens tend to have more free time in the summer and there is a strong correlation between free time and risk-taking among teens. This could mean rock and bridge jumping in rivers or lakes, extreme watersports, or off-road activities out at Greenhorn. It could also mean the temptation to experiment with alcohol, marijuana or sexual […]

Summer Activity List: Relax, Refresh, Reduce Risks!

June 20, 2013

Special thanks to  the Community Support Network for putting together a comprehensive list of summer activities. Below is a list of NEO and other family and teen friendly activities! June 18th, 2013 – PLEAG Event: Boat Safety with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Dept. The Parent Leadership Empowerment & Advocacy Group meets at 180 Sierra College […]

NEO Teen Center – Searching for a Home

June 20, 2013

A message from NEO… Every young person has a name, a story… and a future. You did. We did. And they do. NEO wants to know the names, hear the stories, and unlock the potential of those compelling futures. NEO is a grassroots youth movement, starting 5 years ago at Thursday Night Markets, hosting events […]

Finding Common Ground on the Subject of Preventing Marijuana Use by Children – NCTV Breaking Bread Show

June 14, 2013

Last week Dr. Christina Lasich, Martin Webb and Don Bessee joined the host of NCTV’s Breaking Bread Show to discuss teen marijuana use, and explore  areas of common ground in the desire to prevent children from using marijuana and other drugs. To view the video on demand click the link below: Finding Common Ground on the […]

Parents; Talk, they Hear You

May 22, 2013

In 2010, the use and consequences of underage drinking cost the U.S. $62 billion. Help prevent underage drinking by talking to kids, as early as 9 years old, about alcohol. For tips on getting the conversation started, visit http://1.usa.gov/16mUbSo.

Sierra College Film Lecture Series Presents ~ Collision Course ~ Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

May 6, 2013

Collision Course: Teen Addiction Epidemic ~ Documentary Participants Reach Out to the Community This year, the Coalition for a Drug-Free Nevada County is teaming up with the Sierra College Foundation and the Pathway to Prevention team and parents who made Collision Course, an Emmy Award-Winning Documentary on the substance abuse epidemic,  a reality. The event will […]