Parents, Prevention

Setting Rules

As I browse through my TimeHop app and see pictures of my children just a few years ago, I am painfully aware that I have fewer and fewer years left with my kids before they are grown and ready to fly out of the nest.  I swear it was just yesterday I was holding their… Continue reading Setting Rules

Alcohol, Parents, Social Norms, Underage Alcohol Use

The Talk

“Mom, my friends are all going to a party and I want to go”.  The words pinged around my brain like a pin ball, lighting up every fear receptor imaginable.  A party?  Already?  What if they have alcohol or drugs there?  Have I talked to her enough about drugs and alcohol….have I talked to her… Continue reading The Talk

National Observances, Prevention, Resources, Suicide

No Boundaries – Suicide Prevention Day

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in our nation, the 9th leading cause of death in the State of Florida.  Suicide not only rocks a family, but entire schools, work places and the community.    The word “suicide” evokes uncomfortable feelings and it’s not a desired conversation over a business lunch, meeting, or the… Continue reading No Boundaries – Suicide Prevention Day

Addiction, Prevention, Resources

Prevention is for all of us

In the field of substance abuse, we talk about prevention frequently. What does prevention truly mean? Educating the public? Yes. By educating the public, do we bring awareness to the community? Absolutely! That education may lead some of us to have an “Aha! moment.” But what do we know about substance abuse prevention? We can… Continue reading Prevention is for all of us

National Observances, Parents, Social Norms, Special Events, Underage Alcohol Use

The Power’s in You!

What’s the real story behind teen drinking? With Alcohol Awareness month approaching, MADD SWFL wants to answer this question for Charlotte County. In April, MADD celebrates its national Campaign Power Talk 21, which encourages parents to have conversations with their teens about alcohol. Teens do say that it is their parents that have the biggest… Continue reading The Power’s in You!

Environmental Strategies, Healthy Environment, Medication Take-Back, Prescription Drug Misuse, Prevention

Spring Cleaning Time!

Spring is here! Time to get rid of all those unwanted items. As you do your spring cleaning, don’t forget the medicine cabinet! Did you know that "flushed" medicines can get into our watershed and even our harbor and gulf? This can harm our local estuary, wildlife - and even our own drinking water. So, what… Continue reading Spring Cleaning Time!