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App launches drug talks

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:51 PM

The Talk Sooner iPhone app gives families information about drug trends and tips for talking to teens about drug abuse. The informational tool stems from a partnership between the Lakeshore Coordinating and Ottawa, Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Kent and Muskegon counties.

Leigh Moerdyke — the children, youth and families program director of Pathways, MI — said the app provides parents with the information at their fingertips whenever they need it.

“They don’t have to wait until they get home to log onto the Talk Sooner website,” she said.

Although the free app is currently only available for iPhones, there are plans to release similar apps for Android phones in the fall.

Throughout the app, parents can learn signs and symptoms to watch out for, if they suspect their teen is using or abusing drugs or alcohol.

The app’s Learn section talks about the dangers related to drug abuse and binge drinking. It states that there are more than 200,0000 pounds of leftover prescription drugs throughout the country every year.

“Leaving them there creates access,” Moerdyke said.

For more information and directions to download the app, visit talksooner.org.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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