The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on September 13, 1999 · Page 14
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 14

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Monday, September 13, 1999
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14A THE PALM BEACH POST MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1999 (ft 0 V ANTI-DRUG THE Spending time with your kids is a proven deterrent to drug use. Listening to them. Talking about their friends, school, activities. Asking what they think abOUt anything. Love. Music. Kosovo. Columbine. Round World Dreams they may have. Research shows that knowing your kids, who they hang out with and their parents as well, dramatically reduces the likelihood that they will get into trouble with drugs. Another effective deterrent is praising and rewarding them for good behavior. Tell your kids you love them, go out for pizza instead of watching TV. Get to know the music your kids like and talk to them about it. Keeping kids drug-free is achieved in a series of small, personal ways. For more information, call 800.788.2800 or visit We are all individual parts of a greater whole. Parents play a huge role in this interconnected social landscape. Research shows that kids view parents as their most influential role models. A study also shows that 74 of all fourth graders wish their parents would talk to them about drugs. Overwhelmingly, research demonstrates that kids want parents to be parents. And that is the best deterrent in the fight against drugs. Illegal drugs are estimated to cost America over $110 billion each year in treatment, enforcement, incarceration and social damage. But what else could you buy for $110 billion? Well, you could build 1,692 new hospitals. Or operate 632 universities. Or 3,667 national parks You could hire 2,955,956 new high school teachers. Or you could put 758,620 new buses on the road. This message is brought to you by the Office of National Drug Control PolicyPartnership for a Drug-Free Florida and America. . ' v. "Sr- i

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