The Listen to Your Mother 2013 videos are LIVE!
Here’s my story, “A Lady’s Prerogative to Change Her Mind,” which started as this blog post last fall.
I was unbelievably proud of our entire NYC 2013 cast, and tonight I’m going to gorge myself on twenty-three other cities’ worth of awesomeness. The humor and the power of these motherhood stories is so humbling, and I am so proud to be a part of what Listen to Your Mother does for mothers’ voices everywhere.
Getting three-hundred-plus videos edited and online was a Herculean task for the LTYM powers that be (I am not worthy), and today’s launch would not have been possible without LTYM’s national video sponsor, The Partnership at Drugfree.org and The Medicine Abuse Project.
The Medicine Abuse Project aims to prevent a half-million teens from abusing prescription drugs in the next five years. You read that right- the old prescriptions you have hanging around in your linen closet or medicine cabinet have become a convenient and free drug dealer for today’s kids. One in four teens reports having abused their own family and friends’ prescription drugs- and out of those teens, one in five is under the age of 14. (As a parent of a ten-and-a-half year old, THAT made me sit up and take notice.)
What’s startling once you know those statistics- but not at all surprising- is that among teens who have had “the talk” about drugs with their parents, only 14% said that prescription drugs were part of that discussion. It’s time to turn that around.
Please join me in taking the Pledge to talk about prescription drugs with our kids, to safely dispose of the prescription medicines we no longer need, and to safeguard the ones we do.
For more information, visit drugfree.org/medicineabuse.