Concerned Parents Guide
- Establish family rules that make it clear that drug use will not be tolerated.
- Educate yourself about drugs, so you can talk informatively with your children and answer their questions.
- Spend time with your children listening to their concerns and showing how much you love and care for them.
- Recognize that YOU are their most important role model.
- Because peer pressure is a major factor in teen drug use, know your children's friends.
- Talk with other parents. Try to establish uniform rules that make access to drugs harder, such as curfew and the amount of spending money they receive.
- If a problem exists, get help! Don't say "Not my child!"
- Teach them about the many positive alternatives to drug use.
-Source: D.A.R.E. America
- Parents Resource Center at http://drugfree.org/Home/
- A Parent's Guide to the Teen Brain at http://teenbrain.drugfree.org/
- Teens and Parents Guide at http://www.teens.drugabuse.gov
- Washington State Coalition to Stop Drinking:http://www.starttalkingnow.org/
- Drug Guide for Parents http://www.drugfree.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/drug_chart_10.25.10_opt.pdf
Drug Abuse Overview - Top 10
biggest killer (400,000 deaths/year)
most widely abused legal substance
dangerously addictive, rising in popularity
labeled an epidemic problem by the press
most widely abused illegal substance
little research on long term effects, still popular
cheap, destructive drug making a comeback
highly addictive drug making a comeback in some areas
horrible side effects, the toll they're taking on athletics
abuse is on the rise among youth
- Source and Links to additional info at www.streetdrugs.org