We have changed our name from the NEW TRADITION COALITION to DRAW THE LINE LAWRENCE so it better fits our purpose and mission. We call on all community members to come together and DRAW THE LINE on underage drinking and drug use for a healthier and safer place to live.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

National Parent Discussion

How do you talk and listen to your child about alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and other drugs? Parents, the greatest influence on teens is YOU!

Be a part of an nationwide discussion and see what other parents from around the country are saying:


Wonder how and where our teens get their information on drugs and alcohol? Odds are, we all need more, correct information, preferably before teens choose to use. Here is a great web site for teens and parents to get the facts. Open this link, surf around, email it to the teens you love, or better yet, surf around together. That way, you'll both be "on the same page".
Let us know how you used and liked the site in our blog comments below.

Sunday, December 21, 2008


Research provided by the
National Center on Addiction and Substance abuse
at Columbis University (CASA)

1) Monitor School Night Socializing
Nearly one-half (46%) of teens say that they typically go out with friends on school nights, while only 14% of parents say that their teens do so. •Once out, 53% of teens come home between 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. and15% come home later. •The later teens stay out, the more likely they are to use alcohol or other drugs—even among older teens. Nearly one-third (29%) of those who come home between 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. and 50% of those who come home after 10:00 p.m. say there’s alcohol or drug use among the kids they are with.

2) Safeguard prescription drugs in the home
One-third of teens who know someone who abuses prescription drugs say that person gets the drugs from parents, home, or medicine cabinets.

3) Address the problem of drugs in schools
One-third of parents think that the presence of drugs in school does not make it more likely that their child will use drugs. Yet previous CASA surveys have found that teens attending schools where drugs are used, kept, or sold are 5 times more likely to use marijuana, 15 times more likely to use prescription drugs, and 16 times more likely to use an illegal drug (other than marijuana or prescription drugs).

4) Set a good example. One-fourth of all teens know a parent of a classmate or friend who uses marijuana—and 10% say that this parent smokes with people the teens’age.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Generation Text

Do you text your teens? If not, you may be missing out on everyday opportunities to connect with the teens you care about, especially on tough issues like drugs and alcohol. New research from the Partnership and MetLife Foundation shows that when it comes to communication, today's generation of teens is far more likely to rely on text messaging (63%) than social networking sites like Facebook (38%) And teens don't only want to hear from their friends-a majority of teens-67 percent-were open to receiving texts from their parents after school-a time when teens are most likely to be unsupervised, a factor that increases the likelihood of risky behaviors.
While nothing takes the place of a face-to-face conversation, texting can help start a conversation with a reluctant teen or reinforce talks you've already had. Plus, it's a great way to keep in touch with kids when they're away from home at college, camp or anytime. Need help getting started? Check out a Time To Text Guide. from The Partnership for a Drug-free America.