Country-wide presenting sponsor, Nationwide, in conjunction with MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), has just initiated their campaign known as: Spring PowerTalk 21 – “Keep Talking.” This innovative strategy is designed to put the spotlight on: 1. Underage drinking, and all its potential associated dangers. And 2. The myths surround smoking marijuana. – These very prevalent topics are set to stir up important discussions among both teens and parents, particularly at this time of graduations, proms, and Easter breaks.
This much anticipated Spring PowerTalk 21 Campaign, has just started, and will continue on until the end of May. It forms part of MADD’s Power of Parents year-long initiative, which works to equip parents with the necessary resources that will empower them to have the inspiration to be able to talk to their children about the frightening outcomes and perils of teen drug use and drinking.
Right up until May 31, the nationwide associates of MADD, will put on a range of very informative Power of Parents workshops, which are open to everyone. Helen Witty, MADD’s National President, stated that: “This time of year, when there are so many happy occasions to celebrate, is also a time to beware of the temptations that our teens face” . These are very heartfelt words indeed, as Whitty’s beautiful daughter, 16-year-old, Helen Marie, was knocked down and killed as she was having fun rollerblading on a bike path. The driver was a drunk 17-year-old, who had also been consuming marijuana on that fateful day.
The Importance of Communication
Whitty notes that: “This is the most important time for parents to talk to your kids, because they listen to you. They look to you to set the tone. So tell them it’s not OK to drink when you’re under 21. It’s not OK to put harmful drugs in your system. I am grateful to Nationwide for helping us share this important message”.
Clear & Present Danger
MADD is now in the process of extending its reach all over the US, by boosting the organization’s publicity in order to get teens’ moms and dads to use their simple Power of Parents tools, so that they become knowledgeable, and in a positive position to talk to their children about illegal drugs and alcohol. After all, they can always show the proven research references to their loved ones – and as teenagers are pretty clued up these days, they will know that it it genuine.
Myths: A Case in Point
Marijuana Myths include:
1.“Marijuana is more safe than alcohol.”
Fact: Both are linked to serious problems, particularly in the case of under 21 year-olds, as their body and brain are still going through a rapid development phase.
2. “Marijuana makes drive better.”
Fact: It is not safer to drive after consuming marijuana. Research has indicated that, between the drivers with serious injuries who have been taken to trauma centers: “more than 1 out of 4 tested positive for marijuana. In another study of fatally injured drivers, more than 1 in 10 tested positive for marijuana”.