Prescription and OTC drugs such as cold medicines, pain relievers, sleeping aids, and even ADHD medicines are commonly abused by young people. They are readily available, and can be more dangerous than other drugs. Some side effects include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, coma, and even death. Abusing prescription drugs is a growing problem in the US, therefore, start talking to your child today about the dangers of drugs.
The top reasons given by young people include… 1. To feel grown up 2. To fit in and belong 3. To relax and feel good 4. To take risks and rebel 5. To satisfy curiosity Source:“Keeping Youth Drug-Free” program, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Why Do Kids Try Drugs?
Substance abuse is a preventable problem. You are powerful as a parent. Most kids say they stay away from drugs because they might upset their parents. Teach your kids the risks of drug use and your stand on them.
Get and stay closely involved in your kids’ lives. Know what is going on in their lives, who their friends are, and the five “W’s”--who, what, when, where, and why.
Talk early and often to your kids about drugs and alcohol use (average age kids start drugs is 9- 12).
Be a parent, not a pal. Children need boundaries and guidelines.
See how much you know, take a two-minute quiz about drugs and how to detect drug use at www.drugfree.org. www.drugfree.org Other websites to visit include: http://talkingwithkids.org/ http://www.drugfreeaz.com/http://talkingwithkids.org/ http://www.drugfreeaz.com/ http://www.theantidrug.com/
Talk to your kids today about the dangers of drugs. You are their anti-drug.
If you need more information or would like to talk with your school counselor, call Mrs. Gibson at 342-2644 extension 3 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org@tcss.net