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Inspired by our early research into the factors that help prevent teens from using substances, we created Family Day in 2001. Our goal at the time: to encourage families to eat dinner together more often. Over the years, we’ve continued to study how families can build strong, healthy relationships that prevent future substance use. Now, Family Day has evolved to recognize all the simple, little things parents and caregivers do with their kids that make a big difference.

People treated my son’s death from an overdose differently. I put together a list of things I believe are helpful — and not helpful — to those like me, in the hopes that people can better understand where I’m coming from.

“At a time when the opioid epidemic is contributing to declining life expectancy in our country, we need to ensure that settlement funds are put toward transforming the way we handle addiction in this country so that a crisis of this magnitude never happens again.”

I have worked with young people for more than 20 years and have known some powerful truth-tellers. Chris is among the most powerful I have met. This is why I am proud that Center on Addiction is partnering with Chris to present his new documentary: The First Day.

We have partnered with Chris Herren and the Herren Talks on the new film, The First Day. Presented by Center on Addiction and Cigna, the film takes an innovative approach to addressing teen substance use, while helping refocus the conversation around addiction from the last day to the first. In addition to speaking directly to teens, the film empowers parents, educators and community members to share information, provide support and identify resources to foster healthy life decisions.

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