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You’ve been anticipating this for the past few years — your child’s transition from elementary school to middle school. Be warned, this is a critical time and calls for extra vigilance on your part. Your son or daughter may still seem young, but their new surroundings can put them in some mature and tempting situations.
The likelihood that kids will try drugs increases dramatically during this year. Your child is going to meet lots of new kids, seek acceptance, and start to make more — and bigger — choices. For the first time, your kids will be exposed to older kids who use alcohol, tobacco or other drugs. New middle or junior-high schoolers often think these older students are cool and may be tempted to try drugs to fit in.

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In the United States, many states have added a law, known as a Social Host Law, in which property owners may be charged with hosting an underage drinking party on their property.  This chart shows states that have added this ordinance (as of January 1, 2007).

As you can see, the State of Kansas has a working social host ordinance.  The Legislature passed a the ordinance in 2004, imposing criminal penalties for hosts of parties where private property was intentionally used to allow alcohol to be served to people under 18 years of age.  In 2007, the Legislature raised the age from 18 to 21.  A violation of the law leads to a misdemeanor with a minimum fine of $1,000 and possibly community or public service as a condition of probation.

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Prescription drug abuse is being fueled by easy access to pharmaceuticals on the Internet, often facilitated by shady doctors and pharmacies, CNN reported May 21.

Rusty Payne, a spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Administration, said pharmaceutical abuse “is one of the biggest drug problems we are dealing with. “The Internet is the biggest culprit,” Payne said.

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This information is courtesy of the Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office:

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After battling with retail stores to get Beer Pong games off their shelves, now Beer Pong has been turned into a game for the popular Nintendo Wii system. Electronic entertainment company JV Games Inc. recently announced that Beer Pong would be the first of a series of Frat Party games for the Nintendo WiiWare, a move which CADCA believes will only normalize binge drinking and promote underage drinking.

The new game, scheduled to be released in mid-June, will feature two distinct competitive games. Beer Pong, a tournament-style game of beer pong for one to four players, and Speed Pong, during which two or three players compete at the same time, each trying to be the first to eliminate all of his or her beer cups.

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