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Mercer Council and The Prevention Coalition Produce Parent PSA on Teen Brain Development
Research studies have shown that the human brain is not fully developed until some point our mid twenties. Prevention science teaches us that delaying the first use of any substance until at least the age of 19 can significantly decrease the chances of having a substance use disorder in our lifetime. These messages are important for everyone to know, however, it is particularly difficult to get this vital information through to parents. As a Prevention Educator, I know getting in front of a group of parents can be challenging -- everyone's schedule is busy and parents are a difficult audience to pin down.
This is why we created this PSA to be played in doctor's offices, pediatric dental practices, pediatricians, etc. While parents are waiting for their child to be seen by a health practitioner, there is often a TV monitor in the waiting room. What a great opportunity to educate them on the development of the teen brain! We are excited to roll out this PSA throughout Mercer County and beyond! Please help us promote it by asking your doctor and dentist to link it to his/her office waiting room! Knowledge is power and it's also good prevention!