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Just say know : talking with kids about drugs and alcohol
Kuhn, Cynthia.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Norton, [2002]

Physical Description:
159 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 21 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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From the authors of Buzzed and Pumped, a no-nonsense guide to what kids should know to make healthy decisions. All of our children deserve the chance to be as bright, successful, and healthy as they can be. But our kids are threatened by the wide availability of alcohol and other drugs in our society. Everyone agrees that the best protection is education, but exactly what do you say? Just Say Know gives parents, educators, and health professionals powerful tools to talk with kids about how alcohol and other drugs interact with their minds and bodies. In a simple, easy-to-read format, it teaches adults what they need to know about a wide range of drugs. For each type of drug the authors suggest conversations that help lead children to choose freedom from drug abuse. For everyone who has a role in the life of children, Just Say Know is an informative guide to teaching kids about staying healthy and making the right decisions when faced with the attractions of drugs and alcohol. 8 pages of color illustrations.

Author Notes

Cynthia Kuhn, Ph.D., is a researcher in pharmacology & psychology at Duke University Medical Center.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

To talk to teens about drugs and alcohol, argue the authors of this straightforward book, parents first need to know the facts themselves. Beginning with some age-appropriate general suggestions on opening communication lines, this nicely organized work goes on to explain how drugs affect the brain and how possession of even small amounts of these substances can lead to dire legal consequences. Each of the remaining chapters focuses on a particular drug group, including alcohol, caffeine, ecstasy, hallucinogens, inhalants, marijuana, nicotine, steroids, and stimulants. Information on the most important things to know about the drug and on how to talk to kids about it is included for each substance. Informative without being preachy, this very useful book will arm parents for their own war against drugs. --Candace Smith

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 9
1 Communication Is Keyp. 15
Start Early
Listen Carefully and Know What You're Talking About
Empower Kids to Make Their Own Decisions
Establish Clear Family Rules and Be Consistent
Adults Are Role Models for Drug Use--Do It Right!
Adults' Brains and Children's Brains Are Different
Spotting and Responding to a Problem
2 Drug Basicsp. 31
3 Legal Issuesp. 51
4 Alcoholp. 57
5 Caffeinep. 77
6 Hallucinogensp. 84
7 Inhalantsp. 91
8 Marijuanap. 95
9 Nicotinep. 106
10 Opiates and Sedativesp. 114
11 Ecstasy, GHB, and Ketamine: The So-called Party Drugsp. 120
12 Steroids and Other Performance-Enhancing Drugsp. 131
13 Stimulants: From Reward to Addiction--The Good and the Badp. 136
14 What to Do Now?p. 147
Additional Resourcesp. 149
Indexp. 151