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Just Say Know: Talking with Kids about Drugs and Alcohol

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From the authors of Buzzed and Pumped, a no-nonsense guide to what kids should know to make healthy decisions.
All of our children deserve the chance to be as bright, successful, and healthy as they can be. But our kids are threatened by the wide availability of alcohol and other drugs in our society. Everyone agrees that the best protection is education, but exactly what do you say? Just Say Know gives parents, educators, and health professionals powerful tools to talk with ...

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Overview

From the authors of Buzzed and Pumped, a no-nonsense guide to what kids should know to make healthy decisions.
All of our children deserve the chance to be as bright, successful, and healthy as they can be. But our kids are threatened by the wide availability of alcohol and other drugs in our society. Everyone agrees that the best protection is education, but exactly what do you say? Just Say Know gives parents, educators, and health professionals powerful tools to talk with kids about how alcohol and other drugs interact with their minds and bodies. In a simple, easy-to-read format, it teaches adults what they need to know about a wide range of drugs. For each type of drug the authors suggest conversations that help lead children to choose freedom from drug abuse. For everyone who has a role in the life of children, Just Say Know is an informative guide to teaching kids about staying healthy and making the right decisions when faced with the attractions of drugs and alcohol.

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Editorial Reviews

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The best reference of its kind . . . Reading this book is one of the best things parents can do for children.
Kathy McCoy
Every parent in America should own a copy of this book!....Wonderful, practical and essential.
Ellen Morehouse
An extremely valuable resource . . . must reading for every parent and adult who works with young people.
Mimi Fleury
The best reference of its kind . . . Reading this book is one of the best things parents can do for children.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393322583
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 796,870
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Kuhn is professor of pharmacology at the Duke University School of Medicine.

Scott Swartzwelder, PhD is a professor of psychiatry at the Duke University School of Medicine.

Wilkie Wilson is professor of prevention science at Duke University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 9
1 Communication Is Key 15
Start Early
Listen Carefully and Know What You're Talking About
Empower Kids to Make Their Own Decisions
Establish Clear Family Rules and Be Consistent
Adults Are Role Models for Drug Use--Do It Right!
Adults' Brains and Children's Brains Are Different
Spotting and Responding to a Problem
2 Drug Basics 31
3 Legal Issues 51
4 Alcohol 57
5 Caffeine 77
6 Hallucinogens 84
7 Inhalants 91
8 Marijuana 95
9 Nicotine 106
10 Opiates and Sedatives 114
11 Ecstasy, GHB, and Ketamine: The So-called Party Drugs 120
12 Steroids and Other Performance-Enhancing Drugs 131
13 Stimulants: From Reward to Addiction--The Good and the Bad 136
14 What to Do Now? 147
Additional Resources 149
Index 151
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