Potcast 51: Just Say KNOW

It's a "Back to School" drugs chat for you parents with teens and tweens. Jo sits down with the Drug Education Manager at Students for Sensible Drug Policy and explores the SSDP "Just Say Know" peer education program. Find or create SSDP campus programs across the world. Spearhead middle school and high school drug education in your area. Access free and accurate educational materials on cannabis, nicotine, alcohol, and other substance through SSDP.

The work SSDP is doing is powerful since students turn to their peers first when they encounter and experiment with drug use. SSDP meets students where they are. Listen to Potcast 51 and learn how you can do the same and support the young people in your life to develop into conscious and empowered citizens and future leaders.

"After the Show" Notes

Thank you to my guest, Vilmarie Fraguada Narloch, Psy.D. Vilmarie is a psychologist based in Chicago and is the Drug Education Manager at Students for Sensible Drug Policy. She also runs the SSDP “Just Say Know” Peer Education Program. I’m grateful for her insight to empower us to talk to teens in a meaningful way about drugs in contemporary culture.

Students for Sensible Drug Policy believes that students should be an overall part of any campus and community prevention and intervention strategy. The SSDP Peer Education program seeks to:

  • Empower students to analyze the relationship between drug policy and drug use by providing evidence-based drug information,
  • Teach students to recognize and address dangerous behaviors and unhealthy attitudes, and
  • Promote prosocial and harm reduction oriented behaviors and attitudes.

The work SSDP is doing is powerful since students turn to their peers first when they encounter and experiment with drug use. SSDP meets students where they are. Listen in on my chat with Vilmarie and learn how you can do the same and support the young people in your life to develop into conscious and empowered citizens and future leaders.

Educational Resources

Just Say Know Drug Education Program - Learn more and also download lessons on specific substances from opioids to MDMA to caffeine. I've linked a few of the biggies below. Remember, both you and your teen should know the information so you can make informed decisions.

Cannabis Just Say Know Cannabis Powerpoint Template  |  Just Say Know Cannabis Facilitator’s Guide

AlcoholJust Say Know Alcohol Powerpoint Template  |  Just Say Know Alcohol Facilitator’s Guide

Nicotine - Just Say Know Nicotine Powerpoint Template  |  Just Say Know Nicotine Facilitator’s Guide

Safety First: A Reality-Based Approach to Teens and Drugs from the Drug Policy Alliance

Talking to Your Parents About Drugs advice from teens on the SSDP blog 

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