Posted: Apr 17, 2013 8:19 PM by Melissa Anderson - MTN News
HELENA - Montana's Interagency Coordinating Council is urging parents to talk with their kids about the dangers of using alcohol.
A state website called Parent Power has been created to help parents bring up the important conversation.
Vicki Turner of the MT Department of Public Health & Human Services sais, "There's tips on how to talk to your kid through texting. I know with my adolescent I'll send a note the minute he goes out the door and supposedly arriving where he's at saying, 'I'm thinking about you. Make smart choices tonight. I'm counting on you and I'm trusting you.'"
Studies find that teens place their parents first, before their peers.
Click here to visit the Parent Power website.
The website states:
Here in Montana, underage drinking is a serious public health concern. Alcohol remains the number one drug of abuse for Montana's youth. In fact, in 2012, results from the statewide Prevention Needs Assessment Survey of 14,575 students in grades 8, 10 and 12 revealed that 18.8 percent of 8th graders, 36.9 percent of 10th graders, and 49.5 percent of 12th graders had used alcohol within the past 30 days.