All stories written by Angela Ambrose and first published in MASK (Mothers Awareness on School-Age Kids) award-winning magazine (www.maskmatters.org). Angela is the feature writer for MASK.

Copyright 2015. All rights reserved.

A Love Lost

Erinn Pushor remembers the beginning of 2007 as one of the most exciting times of her life. She began dating Danny, a boy she had a crush on since the eight grade. Their relationship began their sophomore year in high school. "He was the most charismatic, wonderful person to be around," Pushor says. "He was my first serious boyfriend, my first love." While Pushor had steered clear of drugs, Danny - who played on his high school and football teams, had... 



Anatomy of Underage Drinking: An Inside Look at the Sobering Reality of Kids and Alcohol

It’s everywhere – at family birthdays and holiday parties, at sporting events, and at dinner tables across the country. Society’s message is clear - alcohol is safe, affordable and socially acceptable. Given its widespread use, it’s not surprising that alcohol is the most popular drug among middle school and high school kids... 

Parent? Or Bartender?

Ever think about giving your child a sip of your wine or having a beer together during the football game? Think again. Those who start drinking before the age of 15 are five times more likely to become addicted or abuse alcohol later in life than those who start drinking at 21 years of age or older, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “Alcohol is a drug. Once you introduce that drug to... 



Alcohol and Drugs