About My Choice Matters
My Choice Matters is a Cape-wide media campaign sponsored by the Barnstable County Regional Substance Use Council that seeks to promote healthy behaviors. The campaign also highlights ways that communities can provide positive choices. Research shows that misconceptions of the prevalence about risky behaviors can actually increase unhealthy behaviors among teens and changing this perception and providing alternative activities can reduce them. In an effort to increase positive decisions the My Choice Matters campaign reinforces the positive behaviors of our community members and encourages healthy choices.
- More than 60% of Cape Cod teens choose NOT to drink alcohol.
- 70% of teens at Cape Cod High Schools choose NOT to smoke marijuana.
- Parents have a significant influence on whether or not their kids drink or use drugs. In fact, more influence than peer pressure.
- It is illegal to allow underage guests to drink in your home. Social Host laws affect parents, property owners and tenants regardless of whether or not they are present.
The keynote speaker at the “My Choice Matters, Parenting to Prevent Substance Use”, Dr. Ruth Potee, is an expert on the teen brain and how substance use can affect brain development.
Teens Have Questions
7 Ways to Protect Your Teen From Alcohol and Other Drugs – Spanish
7 Ways to Protect Your Teen From Alcohol and Other Drugs – English
Talking to Your Middle School-Aged Child About Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs – Spanish
Talking to Your Middle School-Aged Child About Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs – English
Preparing Your Young Children for a Healthy, Drug-Free Future
Substance Use Prevention Starts at Home – Spanish
Substance Use Prevention Starts at Home – English
How much do YOU know about drugs and alcohol?
How Drugs Affect Your Brain and Body
Marijuana Facts for Teens
Effects of Opiates on the Body
Myths vs. Facts
Above the Influence
NIDA for Teens
Too Smart To Start
- Contact Kim Slade, Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Read latest issues of the Regional Substance Use Council (RSAC) E-Newsletter.
- Sign-up for the Regional Substance Use Council (RSAC) E-Newsletter
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