Coping with stress in healthy ways is an increasingly critical life skill, and according to a recent ('12) Placer County teen survey, 88 percent of ninth and eleventh graders said they felt stressed, and 54 percent said they were always stressed. Christina Ivazes, the new Director/Coordinator of CPY, explains that substance abuse prevention for youth is about community prevention strategies that support the role of the parent in promoting healthy youth lifestyles, as well as to provide accurate education about current drug use and abuse trends. “We want to help parents recognize early warning signs of stress, and give them the tools to help respond in a healthy way,” she said.

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