South County Prevention Coalition

Charlestown • Hopkinton • Narragansett • New Shoreham • North Kingstown • Richmond • South Kingstown • Westerly


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Raising Healthy Teens Newsletter! 

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Meet Our Coalition Leaders

Regional Director

Heidi Driscoll:

Grant Managers

Partnership for Success – Kathy Gardner:

State Opioid Response – Cyndi Rego:


Our (Incredible) Community Coordinators

Block Island Wellness Coalition
Jill Seppa


South Kingstown (SK) Wellness

MK Whitten
Sonia Lacombe
Kate Macinanti

Narragansett Prevention Partnership
Kelly Cartwright                     
Renae Martin

North Kingstown Prevention Coalition


Kathy Yeager
Robin Monica

Chariho Youth Task Force
Dan Fitzgerald
Terri Censabella


Westerly Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force

Ashley Iadevaia 



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Communicate the importance of healthy behaviors and establish clear and specific rules about not using marijuana and other drugs. This can be part of a broader conversation about expectations like:
• Doing chores                                              • Following parental rules
• Following laws and school regulations      • Bedtimes
• School and class attendance                    • Curfews
• Showing respect for family members
Remember to provide compliments for good choices and healthy behavior.

What to say:
“It is important to our family that we all stay healthy and safe. One way to do this is to avoid drug use, including marijuana. This is especially important for teenagers since marijuana can harm the developing brain. That’s why we have a family rule against using marijuana. If we find out you are using drugs, what do you think a fair consequence would be?”

Keep track of your child.
• Monitor your teen’s behavior to ensure the rules are being followed.
• Remain actively involved in your teen’s life and get to know his or her friends.
• Network with other parents so that you may support one another to keep your children away from drugs.

Keep lines of communication open.
• Eat dinner together.
• Do fun family activities together.
• Communicate the way your teen does (texting, email, Facebook, Twitter).

Support For Teens:  Alateen Meetings in Rhode Island
If addiction or alcoholism is affecting your family you are invited to an alateen meeting.

For Adults: Find an AA Meeting