Join Us! Free Telephone Seminar Series: Drug and Alcohol Awareness

CIGNA and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids are hosting a monthly series of telephone seminars that will help you better understand today’s changing landscape of substance abuse. The seminars are free and there is no registration required. They’re open to any parent, caregiver or loved one interested in learning more about teen drug addiction. Each seminar will include the participation of a leading expert within the field and a parent from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids’s Parent Advisory Board, who will share his or her personal experience with the topic being presented.


Have you ever wondered why your teen acts the way she does? This month’s podcast and Q&A will help you understand why the developing teen brain is more vulnerable to drugs and alcohol, and what you can do to help your child make healthy decisions.


Ken Winters, PhD, Professor in the Dept. of Psychiatry and Director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research at the University of Minnesota.

Kim Manlove, father and Parent Advisory Board Member of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Kim lost his youngest son David in a drug-related drowning accident. Since then, he has been a passionate advocate of substance abuse awareness, prevention and education on both a local and national level. In sharing David’s story and helping other families, he believes David is making a difference in everyone’s lives.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Noon- 1:00 pm EDT


For U.S./Canada residents, dial the toll-free number 1 (866) 431-5314 and international residents dial the toll-free number 1 (719) 457-2626. When prompted, enter the passcode 602873.


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    Candice Besson

    November 16, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Hi Sheila. There are “risk factors” that make some kids more vulnerable to drug and alcohol use and addiction: 1) having family members with a history of addiction makes a child more at risk of developing problems; 2)having close friends who are using drugs/alcohol; 3)having psychological problems like depression, ADHD, and other mental health issues; 4)having experienced traumatic experiences or abuse as a child. I hope that helps answer your question!

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    Sheila Hall

    November 16, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    Candice …
    The seminar this morning was great! I gave my name to the Auto-Responder, but my line was never opened so that I could ask a question. (Perhaps I hit a “BAD button.”) Here’s my question: “Are there early indications in a child’s personality or behavior that would ALERT a parent that the child might be attracted to drugs at some point?” The signs of USE were offered this morning, but not fore-shadowings that a child might be susceptible to drug use. Can science or psychology answer this question? Where might I get an answer? These teleseminars are fabulous! Shalom!

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    Monica Brown

    November 14, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    How can I submit an Expert for this series? I work at with Dr. Jerry Rand M.D. He is an expert specializing in the treatment of chemical dependency and chronic pain with emphasis on: Oxycontin, Heroin, Crystal Meth, Benzodiazepines. He has also been featured on A&E’s Intervention.

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