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Speak Now! Colorado website offers resources for parents to help kids with peer pressure

Craig Press staff report

A new website — Speak Now! — offers effective strategies for parents and children to develop a plan to avoid stressful situations and manage peer pressure around the use of drugs and alcohol.

According to the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, youth who can ask a parent, guardian or other adult for help are one and a half times less likely to binge drink. Creating a plan is a helpful way to begin discussing healthy choices with children, especially if a young person is increasingly curious about alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs or other drugs.

The Speak Now! Colorado website, available in English and Spanish, gives parents age-appropriate tools and resources to initiate a positive and successful dialogue with their children about substance use and abuse. The Speak Now! Colorado statewide social marketing campaign is a project of the Office of Behavioral Health, within the Colorado Department of Human Services.

"The key is helping kids come up with effective strategies in advance, before they find themselves in a difficult situation," said Leah Emerick, youth substance abuse prevention coordinator at Denver Public Health. "Starting these conversations can sometimes feel awkward, but having an ongoing discussion with your child is really important. Support from parents and caregivers is crucial for kids, who are often faced with negative peer pressure."

To learn more about Speak Now!, visit speaknowcolorado.org.