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Health Minute: National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week

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WPSU’s Health Minute is a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing.

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week is this week. The average age children begin to experiment with drugs is 13 years old. By 8th grade, 28% of adolescents have consumed alcohol and more than 16% have used marijuana.

It’s important for parents to talk to their kids about the risks of drugs and alcohol. Teens who consistently learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are half as likely to use as teens who don’t.

Free and confidential help is available for people who believe they or a loved one are misusing drugs or alcohol. Visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at samhsa.govor by calling 1-800-662-HELP.

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Cheraine Stanford is the Content Strategy Director at WPSU, responsible for developing the station's original productions across digital, radio and television.