A Parents’ Guide to Teenagers & Substance Use

A Parents’ Guide to Teenagers & Substance Use

Following Up

On Thursday, March 21, 2019, we partnered with the Upper Merion Police Department & Upper Merion Area School District for a presentation focusing on the warning signs of substance use, as well as how to best address these challenging topics.

Our Presenters

  • Kim Porter, CFRS

    • Kim is the Executive Director of Be a Part of the Conversation
  • Judy Hirsh, CFRS

    • Judy is the Program Coordinator for Be a Part of the Conversation

↓View the Powerpoint that was presented.↓

Helpful Information

Early Warning Signs of Teen Substance Use
Hazeldon Betty Ford Foundation


Teen Drug Abuse:  The Warning Signs
American Addiction Centers


Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment:  A Research-Based Guide
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)


F.D.A. Seizes Documents From Juul Headquarters
New York Times, October 2, 2018


2 Million US Teens Are Vaping Marijuana
US News & World Report, September 17, 2018


Juul, the Vape Device Teens are Getting Hooked on, Explained
VOX, August 17, 2018


Quick Facts on the Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention


Know the Risks:  e-cigarettes and young people.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services


E-cigarettes & Vape Pens
Stanford Medicine


Vaporizers, E-Cigarettes, and other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS)
FDA US Food & Drug


“Vaping Can Be Addictive and May Lure Teenagers to Smoking, Science Panel Concludes”
New York Times, January 23, 2018


E-cigarette Sellers Turn to Scholarships to Promote Brands
Associated Press, June 8, 2018


Drug Facts:  Electronic Cigarettes (e-cigarettes)
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)


The Teen Vaping Trend – What Parents Need to Know
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids


Teenagers Embrace JUUL, Saying It’s Discreet Enough To Vape In Class
“Shots” Health News from NPR


Concerns Explode Over New Health Risks of Vaping
Science News for Students


Juul e-cigs: The controversial vaping device popular on school campuses
USA Today


Association Between Initial Use of e-Cigarettes and Subsequent Cigarette Smoking Among Adolescents and Young Adults
JAMA Pediatrics (Journal of the American Medical Association)

E-Cigarette use was associated with greater risk for subsequent cigarette smoking initiation and past 30-day cigarette smoking. Strong e-cigarette regulation could potentially curb use among youth and possibly limit the future population-level burden of cigarette smoking.


E-Cigarette Ads Target Millions of Kids, CDC Says
NBC News


Big Vape is Copying Big Tobacco’s Playbook
The Verge

Studies into the argument that vaping leads to smoking cessation continue to have mixed findings. Meanwhile, studies on the health risks of vaping have different results based on whether they were funded by tobacco companies, or non-affiliated public researchers.


2017 Monitoring the Future Survey Results

Monitoring the Future is an annual survey of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders conducted by researchers at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, under a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health. Since 1975, the survey has measured how teens report their drug, alcohol, and cigarette use and related attitudes in 12th graders nationwide; 8th and 10th graders were added to the survey in 1991.

43,703 students from 360 public and private schools participated in the 2017 survey.

>> Explanation of Results

>> View the Infographic

The “Weed (it’s complicated)” video that was referenced in the presentation can be viewed by clicking the image below.

Handouts

Kim Porter, CFRS

Executive Director at Be a Part of the Conversation
Kim Porter, CFRS is the Executive Director of Be a Part of the Conversation. Having served as the Community Program Coordinator and Parent Liaison for Be a Part of the Conversation since its inception in 2011, she was named Executive Director of this vital organization in 2014.

Kim's Certified Family Recovery Specialist (CFRS) credential was created for adults who have been directly impacted by another person's substance use disorder. The CFRS shares their lived experience with other families to provide recovery support services. A CFRS is trained to help families move into and through the recovery process.

With more than 25 years of experience in graphics and marketing, Kim had a freelance graphic design business and was the Marketing Coordinator of the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation after several years as a member of their Board of Directors. Today she is happy to put all that creative energy into spreading the word about Be a Part of the Conversation.

Kim earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism at West Virginia University, with a concentration in public relations. She was proud to serve as WVU's student body president. Kim started out as an advertising account executive at a newspaper, then learned the graphic design trade while working with her mentor and friend, Chuck Moran, at his design firm in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Kim currently lives in Newtown Square, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. She previously lived in Horsham Township for 22 years, where she and Michael raised two wonderful children who support this amazing journey she has embarked upon.
Kim Porter, CFRS

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