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National Red Ribbon Week isn’t about the wacky hair day, wear red or the decorations. Red Ribbon Week is an opportunity to talk to kids about drugs and alcohol, and present them with the right facts from the beginning.
Laura Parise MD, Doreen E. Chapman Center at NorthShore, understands this can be a difficult topic. It might help to consider that it’s not one 60-minute conversation; it’s 60 one-minute conversations. Here are some tips to kick start some of these mini-conversations:
Dr. Parise and Barbara de Nekker, Executive Director of Community - The Anti-Drug Coalition, recommend having these conversations regularly to further help drive home the message. If you are having a hard time talking to your children, ask their physician for assistance.