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Tell your children, "I’m proud of your choice." And ask, “Was it a tough decision?"

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Words Can Work helps young people, families and communities talk about the public health challenges kids face growing up - from underage drinking and opioid addiction to depression and bullying.

Our popular DVDs and Words Can Work booklets are produced with leading experts from Harvard Medical School and other leading institutions.

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Words Can Work creator Jeanne Blake is a medical/science journalist and communications consultant. She speaks nationally in corporate and community settings. Read Blake's Bio.

Words Can Work: Talking About Marijuana
Talking openly and honestly about marijuana helps kids make healthier choices. But many adults lack the information they need for these vital conversations. This 20-minute streaming video is a catalyst for group discussion among parents and other caring adults in kids lives. Words Can Work creator Jeanne Blake interviews Dr. Kevin Hill, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. Among topics addressed: Why young people use marijuana; marijuana’s effect on the developing brain; tips and strategies for effective conversations; how to build resilient youth; and what to do when you suspect a child is using marijuana, plus more.

This video is a recommended resource for Town Hall meetings, parents’ nights and other community events. The comprehensive package of materials includes 20-minute video; Discussion Guide, step-by-step guide for planning your community event, and marketing flier template. Click here to purchase. View excerpt:

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Also check out Drugs: True Stories, which is included in The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). NREPP rates the effectiveness, accessibility and research quality of programs like ours. View excerpt.

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