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Capital Region BOCES supports Nov. 19 National Night of Conversation

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Research shows that children who have dinner with their families are less likely to use drugs or drink alcohol.

Drug overdoses kill more than cars, guns and falling [Centers for Disease Control 2015]

27 million Americans use illicit drugs or prescription drugs for non-medical reasons
[Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health]

There are 1.9 million people in the U.S. with addiction to prescription opioids [SAMHSA, 2014 NSDUH]

9 out of 10 people with substance problems started using by age 18 [CASAColumbia 2011]
The US has 5% of the world's population and consumes about 75% of the world's prescription opioids [United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 2011]

54.2% of prescription pain killers are obtained for FREE from a friend or relative [SAMHSA, 2014 NSDUH]

Research suggests that 4 out of 5 heroin users start out with prescription drugs [SAMHSA, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, 2013]
If someone in your family has a problem with substance use, it puts you at greater risk for a problem with alcohol and other drugs.

40 percent of teens believe that prescription medicines, even if they are not prescribed by a doctor, are "much safer� to use than illegal drugs [ Partnershi p Attitude Tracking Study, 2005]

Need help with recovery? There are a number of resources available.


Families encouraged to break the silence on drugs and addiction

Posted Nov. 17, 2015

Empty plate with National Night of Conversation date and hashtagResearch shows that children who learn about drug and alcohol risks from their parents are half as likely to use substances as children who haven't had that conversation with a caring adult. That's why Capital Region BOCES is supporting the National Night of Conversation on Thursday, Nov. 19 and encouraging families to do the same.

"Parents play an important role in educating their children about the dangers associated with drugs and alcohol and how to avoid them,� said Capital Region BOCES Deputy Director of Educational Support Services Laura Combs.

To that end, families nationwide are being encouraged to sit down to dinner this week with the people they care about to have an open and honest conversation about drugs and addiction.
The initiative is being held in partnership between Dr. Oz, Facing Addiction, Drugs Over Dinner and many affiliated organizations in an effort to address a national epidemic.

Addiction is a preventable disease, and just like heart disease, diabetes and cancer we are learning more and more about how to prevent addiction from developing.

In fact, drug overdose was the leading cause of injury death in 2013, greater than car accidents and homicide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Currently, 24.6 million people 12 or older (9.4% of the population) live with substance dependence or abuse, estimates the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

"Starting a dialogue is an important first step,� said Combs. "Ongoing conversations and making sure children are comfortable opening up and talking to a caring adult is critical.�

Ready to get started?

A parent discussion guide [PDF] is available online, which was developed in partnership with the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration and the National Council for Behavioral Health. For those who want to customize their discussion, a planning template is also available from Drugs Over Dinner.

Parents can draw upon a number of resources to help them talk with their children about substance use, such as the links provided above and and

Those who plan to participate are being encouraged to show a symbol of support on social media.

"We are asking people to post a picture of an empty dinner plate, because on this night the conversation is more important than the food,� said Oz.

In addition, they should use the hashtag #NightOfConversation.

You can follow along with Capital Region BOCES on Twitter @CapRegionBOCES on Nov. 19.


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