I have reviewed Dr. Gianni DeVincenti Hayes, Ph.D. and Michael J. Talley Jr.'s new book, Drugs and Your Teen – All You Need
to Know about Drugs to Protect Your Loved Ones. It's a well-organized manual for parents to use while working with their medical
and other professionals to help keep their children safe from drug use. It is written in language parents will understand and has
sections on the wide variety of questions a parent might face in dealing with this difficult topic. The book covers the background
of drug use, detection, drug information, adolescence, the Internet, testing, home issues, and resources.
The authors took a path of writing for a parent who might have specific questions at different stages of parenting and needed to
learn about specific concerns quickly and conveniently. They also included reference points, helping direct families to sources
of information that are likely to be updated regularly in the future.
One useful feature is the way that the authors wrote the book for three different audiences at seemingly the same time – parents
who are working to prevent drug use before it starts, parents who are dealing with a child in the middle of use/abuse, and parents who
are trying to intervene at the addiction stage. Information is readily available using the thorough table of contents and the
accessible language of the authors. The short topical chapters will be very useful for parents who are pressed for clear information,
time to act, and other resources. This book can serve as a useful reference tool for a parent to use as they work to protect their
child from drug use and abuse.
John E. Fredericksen, Ph.D., Superintendent of Schools, Wicomico County Public Schools
The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce has done several projects with Gianni. (Dr. Gianni DeVincenti Hayes, Ph.D.) She
has provided excellent, historical accurate depictions of our community in previous joint projects. This latest book uses
Dr. Hayes and Mike Talley's expertise in drug testing, and in the programs needed to identify and fight youth drug abuse.
Their book will be a great asset to concerned parents.
Bradley A. Bellacicco, Executive Director, Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce