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“84% of Pierce County parents have clear rules about alcohol and other drugs.”

– 2016 Healthy Youth Survey

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When it comes to alcohol use among our Pierce County youth, we have lots of good news to report. Most kids in Pierce County don’t drink alcohol. Why? Because of you!

About 84% of local parents have clear rules about alcohol and other drugs, as reported in the 2014 Healthy Youth Survey.  Great Job, parents!

Youth who avoid alcohol or other drugs are less likely to use as adults, and that can lead to a longer, healthier life.

Parents and communities really do have more influence with youth than friends or celebrities. Kids are less likely to drink if they believe their parents or their communities don’t think it’s OK.


So what’s the bad news?

Some Pierce County kids say that their parents stopped talking to them about the dangers of alcohol as they got older. And that’s the time the voices of their peers can become more influential.

Remember that your kids still need your guidance—especially as they get closer to adulthood. Make your voice heard! Keep talking to your kids about dangers of using alcohol and other drugs.

  • Keep Talking Pierce County to your kids about:
  • Where they’re going and who they’re with.
  • What they say when someone offers them alcohol or other drugs.

No matter how old they are, let them know how much you care about them and want them to make safe and healthy choices.

Marijuana Infographic


Since Initiative 502 passed, there has been a lot of confusing information about marijuana distributed to the public. Yet, we know that the legal and health effects of marijuana for a youth’s life can be detrimental.

This is why 84% of parents have clear rules about alcohol and drug use.

Health and prevention professionals agree that marijuana use has health and behavioral effects. Use by youth is dangerous and addictive. Some effects are:

  • Stunted brain development.
  • Failure to thrive in school.
  • Cardiovascular and respiratory damage caused by smoking.
  • Risky Behavior, like Driving Under the Influence.

The State of Washington says that it is still illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to use marijuana. A possession conviction could make it more difficult for youth to reach their goals and contribute to their communities. Some of these barriers could include:

  • Restrictions from receiving Financial Aid.
  • Rejections from college admissions.
  • Difficulty finding a job.

Under Initiative 502, marijuana prevention program funding comes from the Washington State Department of Health to the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. We work in partnership with Pierce County Prevention Collaborative (PC2) to help parents ensure we have happy and healthy youth in our communities.

But What Should I Say?

Every family is unique. You know your kids best. Just be honest and speak from the heart.

Let them know why you worry, how much you care and that you’re ALWAYS willing to patiently listen and discuss their questions about the dangers of alcohol and other drugs.

Kids say their parents are the most influential people in their lives. They don’t want to disappoint you! Honor their respect with clear guidance and rules that will keep them safe and healthy.

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