How Do You Talk to Kids About Drugs?
Have you ever experimented with illegal drugs like meth, cocaine, heroin,
marijuana, PCP, Molly, or prescription painkillers like OxyContin, Percocet, or
Vicodin? Have you ever had to overcome your drug usage? Do you ever worry about
your children, and what they might start experimenting with? Are you ever
concerned that your child might develop an addiction to drugs? One of
the best ways that parents can help guard against the threat of drugs
for their children is to talk to them about drugs, including illegal drugs,
prescription medications. It might be awkward, but it's necessary-it could be one of the most
important conversations you ever have with your children.
And parents need to keep up with trends. Even though the abuse of prescription
medication is a huge problem and growing (accounting for three quarters
of all fatal drug overdoses), 86 percent of parents didn't mention
it to their children when they talked about drugs. The CDC has said that
one in five teenagers in America has misused those kinds of painkillers.
So what can parents do:
•Research current drug trends
•Be honest, especially about their own past drug usage and the consequences
•Emphasize the dangers of drug abuse and drug addiction
If you ever need any help talking to your son or daughter about drugs,
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