Are my kids using Drugs?

When it comes to your child's drug use or alcohol consumption, you are the first line of defense. Consider the following:  
  1. Set Rules. Let your child know alcohol and drug use is unacceptable in your family. Enforce stated consequences when family rules are broken.
  2. Know where your teens are and what they will be doing during unsupervised time.
  3. Talk to your teen.
  4. Keep your teens busy,especially between 3pm to 6pm and into evening hours. Teens who are involved in constructive, adult-supervised activities are less likely to use drugs than other teens.
  5. Take time to learn the facts about marijuana, presciption drug-abuse and underage drinking. Share the information with your teen in regards to the harmful effects on young people.
  6. Get to know your teen's friends and parents. Make sure you know their rules and standards.
  7. Accept the role of a parent as your major responsibility. Children do not need you to be their friend, let others be their friend. You be the parent!
www.elks.org/Youthactivities.cfm
You will also find more information at the National Council on Alcoholism and drug dependence: What to Look for- Signs and Symptoms:
http://www.ncadd.org/index.php/for-parents-overview/what-to-look-for
And from Lisa Cron, our Safe andDrug-Free Schools Coordinator for Greene County, the following information isfrom the State of Ohio regarding their prevention effort called "StartTalking-Now."
http://starttalking.ohio.gov/Parents.aspx
Multiple national surveys point to the disturbing abuse of prescription (Rx) and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, like OTC cough medicine, among today's teens. Four percent of teens in grades 8, 10, and 12 admit to having abused cough medicine containing dextromethorphan, or DXM, to get high in the past year. Roughly one in three high school teens say they know someone who has abused cough medicine.
http://www.nasn.org/ToolsResources/DrugsofAbuse/HometoHomeroom
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