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Parents encouraged to talk to kids about drinking, drugs

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PowerTalk 21 day, which is Saturday, April 21, is the national day for parents to talk with their kids about alcohol. Campbellsville/Taylor County Anti-Drug Coalition and MADD want to encourage all parents and caregivers to start a potentially lifesaving conversation with teens about the dangers of drinking before age 21.  
Teen alcohol use kills about 6,000 people each year, more than all other illegal drugs combined. However, research shows that there’s a disconnect when it comes to underage drinking: one out of five teens binge drinks, but only one in 100 parents thinks their child binge drinks.
The good news is that you can make a difference. Parents have the power to help teens make healthy decisions that can keep them safe. In fact, research shows that parents are the primary influence on their kids’ decisions about whether or not to drink alcohol.  
MADD and its national program partners, as well as your local Campbellsville/Taylor County Anti-Drug Coalition, will help prepare parents to talk with their teens about alcohol on PowerTalk 21 day and beyond.
Visit www.madd.org/powertalk21 to get a free toolkit to promote PowerTalk 21 day and request a free parent handbook or visit the local coalition website at www.ctccoalition.com or office at 104 Roberts Road to obtain more information.
Start talking on April 21, and together, we can help prevent underage drinking and save lives.
Rhonda Parker
Campbellsville/Taylor County Anti-Drug Coalition
Community Coordinator Campbellsville