Tips for Parents

  1. Have courage! Sometimes, fear of negative reactions from kids keeps parents from talking to them. Remember, short and frequent conversations that include listening to your child can open doors.
  2. Be a positive role model. What you do is often more important than what you say! If you host a party, always serve non-alcoholic beverages and do not allow anyone to drink and drive. When hosting parties for young people, do not allow alcohol. “If it’s about the kids, don’t make it about the drink.”
  3. Make connections with other parents. Get to know the parents of your children’s friends. It is a great way to build mutual support and share your rules about alcohol and drugs….

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Calling Dispatch Vs. 911

Never provide alcohol to a minor or allow minors to drink on your property/event under your control.

Actively supervise all gatherings of youth. Be present and aware. Let other parents and adults know you expect the same from them.

Call your local law enforcement at their non-emergency number if you know of a party that might be happening or is happening. You could save a life. You can report parties without leaving your name and in any language.

Always call 911 in the case of an emergency, even if your actions contributed to underage drinking. Police will take your efforts to address the emergency into consideration when issuing a penalty.

New Changes to Marin County's Social Host Accountability Ordinance

Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention

Are prescription drugs a problem for teens? One in five 11th graders in Marin County admitted to abusing prescription drugs in the 2013 California Healthy Kids Survey. These types of drugs are often easily obtained and can be life-threatening.

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