Term 3 2022 - Parents *|MC_PREVIEW_TEXT|* View this email in your browser WELCOME TO OUR AUGUST E-NEWSLETTER Dear *|FNAME|*, Welcome back to Term 3! In this newsletter, you’ll find trusted resources to help you talk to your teenager about alcohol and other drugs, as well as up-to-date information to protect them against related harms. We recently hosted a webinar on the current landscape for vaping and e-cigarette use among young people, which has become an increasing concern for parents and schools. Make sure you watch the recording and access our factsheet to find out more! Also, a friendly reminder that next Friday 12th August is International Youth Day which recognises the right of every young person to live a safe, happy & healthy life! Adolescence can sometimes present itself as a challenging time. To help empower your teen to make the right choices when it comes to alcohol and other drugs, check out our factsheet here. To access our other resources for parents and families: VISIT POSITIVE CHOICES CATCH UP ON OUR LAST WEBINAR! Didn't get a chance to join our webinar on e-cigarettes and young people? No problem! You can access the full webinar recording + slides presented by Dr Emily Stockings from the Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use below. This webinar will: Give an overview of e-cigarette trends in Australia Summarise potentially effective interventions for schools Give an update on upcoming trials and resources Provide some brief tips for engaging in conversations about vaping with young people. WATCH THE RECORDING RESOURCES FOR PARENTS AND FAMILIES Why do young people use drugs and alcohol? Knowing the pressures that young people face can give parents an understanding of the reasons young people may use drugs and alcohol, which can help them to respond in a constructive way. This factsheet covers those common reasons and how to address them. ADF Vaping Factsheet Vaping is a hot topic right now, with a lot being said about its effects + potential harms for young people. Yet, there’s lots of conflicting and confusing information out there. Check out the Alcohol and Drug Foundation's latest factsheet here to clear the air on vaping. RESOURCES FOR ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER COMMUNITIES Did you know that our drug and alcohol information is available in Arrernte, Walrpiri and Torres Strait Islander Creole languages? Positive Choices shares knowledge to help parents and families talk about alcohol and other drugs with young people. We've created resources and information with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to help young people stay strong and safe. Click here to find resources translated in your local language. IN THE KNOW The National Health and Medical Research Council released their 2022 CEO Statement on e-cigarettes based on in-depth evidence reviews and an extensive toxicology report. It suggests that the vapour from e-cigarettes can be harmful, and found limited evidence they are effective at helping smokers quit. Read the full statement here. An Australian paper which looked at emerging trends in recreational inhalation of nitrous oxide (N2O) or 'nanging' found that since 2017, social media posts & Internet searches for N2O have increased rapidly, with searches mostly focused on obtaining N2O canisters. Read more here. The types of recreational venues that late adolescents aged 17-18 attend can influence their risk of using different drugs, according to a US paper published in Substance Abuse. The study found that those who attended raves & dance parties were at higher risk of using ecstasy. Read more here. COMPLETE OUR SURVEY! Did you know that 86% of Australian teens spend too much time on screens? The Matilda Centre is looking for parents of teenagers to participate in a study around adolescent screen time, sleep & other lifestyle behaviours. Complete the survey here to enter a prize draw to win 1 of 5x $100 gift vouchers! But be quick - entries close 31st August at 5.00pm AEST! ORDER YOUR FREE BOOKLETS! Looking for tips on how to talk to a young person about alcohol and other drugs? Want to learn more about ways that parents can protect against drug use and related harms? Order your FREE copy of the parents and families booklet today. ORDER NOW The aim of this e-newsletter is to provide our subscribers with information about drug prevention resources, and to share relevant news and events. Please help us spread the word by forwarding this newsletter to other parents and families within your networks, and encourage them to subscribe here. Copyright © 2023 Positive Choices, All rights reserved. Want to change how you receive these emails? You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list. The Positive Choices newsletter is sent out once every term, and contains updates and information relating to the Positive Choices website. Recently published newsletters will take 48 hours to be listed on this page.