Talking to Kids about Opiods

Dear Friends,

Until the opioid epidemic is reversed, we must continue to talk honestly with our kids about these deadly drugs.

Our evidence-based Drugs: True Stories is a powerful catalyst for these conversations. It is listed on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP), which rates effectiveness and research quality of programs like ours.

In Drugs: True Stories (25-min) Joel describes his addiction to opioids. His parents and sister tell how his addiction – starting in 10th grade – devastated their family. View excerpt

The accompanying discussion guide, written with leading addiction experts, offers questions to help you lead vital conversations – and encourage kids to think critically about their decisions.

We also recommend our Words Can Work: When Talking About Drugs (28pp) for youth and parents – an ideal companion to the DVD. The stories and expert insight keep the conversation going. Read excerpt

Special Offer
Purchase Drugs: True Stories and 20 Words Can Work booklets for $199.99 plus $15 S/H. (15% discount) or DVD only for $99.99 plus $12 S/H. Offer expires 7/12/17. Purchase here

Join us for our Boston Training: November 13 & 14, 2017
Engaging Youth in Preventing Opioid Addiction offers:
1) Evidence-based approaches to talking with youth so they listen, learn, and act
2) Proven strategies for engaging youth in prevention activities and policy change
3) Best practices for incorporating Drugs: True Stories into your programming
4) An interactive conversation with a Harvard substance abuse expert

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All the best,

Jeanne Blake
Creator, Words Can Work

What People Are Saying

Drugs: True Stories illuminate issues essential for everyone to understand: drugs can adversely affect the brain and, that it is possible to prevent drug misuse.”
Howard J. Shaffer, Ph.D., C.A.S., Director, Division on Addiction
Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School

Drugs: True Stories is a powerful tool to stimulate discussion among school age youth – and adults – about drugs. As part of our city-wide initiative to reduce risk behaviors and injuries associated with drug use, Drugs: True Stories is presented in the classroom, teacher and nurse trainings and parent meetings.”
Sarah O’Donnell, RN, MPH, Safe and Drug-Free Schools
Unified Student Services, Boston Public Schools

Drugs: True Stories demonstrates the insidious nature of addiction. As it snuck up on Joel he hid it from his parents. Jillian’s story is appropriate for what we call ‘concerned other’ groups. Finally, Trevor’s story illustrates the protective factor of parent involvement.”
Mike Lynch, Managing Director for Safe and Civil Schools
North Central Educational Service District

Words Can Work Trainings
“I appreciated that the views and information expressed was honest and not absolutist – so often in prevention all use is labeled as “bad.” We know in the real world that we need to have real conversations with youth not scare tactics.”

“Great training. Excellent curriculum. So many great activities! I plan to use them all.”

“The training was wonderful. Your ideas and experience were outstanding. I’ll feel more confident about doing role-play with youth!”

with Discussion Guides

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Bullying: True Stories

Depression: True Stories

Drugs: True Stories

In Our Own Words: Teens and AIDS

The Power of Girls: Inside and Out

Raising Healthy Kids: Families Talk About Sexual Health

Steroids: True Stories Hosted by Curt Schilling

Words Can Work: Kids and Healthy LIfestyles


Words Can Work: When Talking About Alcohol

Words Can Work: When Talking About Bullying

Words Can Work: When Talking About Depression

Words Can Work: When Talking About Drugs

Words Can Work: When Talking With Kids About Sexual Health

Check out our resources about bullying:

Bullying: True Stories (Watch excerpt)

Boys on Bullying (Watch excerpt)

Words Can Work: When Talking About Bullying (Read excerpt)

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