Kids today are introduced to drugs and alcohol at a much younger age. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, by the 8th grade, 52% of adolescents have consumed alcohol, 41% have smoked cigarettes, 20% have used marijuana and 15.4% of 12th graders reported using a prescription drug for non-medical purposes in the last year.
Statistics show that teenagers whose parents talk to them regularly about the dangers of drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those whose parents do not, yet only 25% of teens report having these conversations. It is time to change this!
My goal is to educate parents on the following topics of teen drug and alcohol use:
- Shocking facts
- Tips and tools to protect your child
- The difference between experimentation, use, abuse and addiction
- Current drugs and trends
- How and when to communicate with your child about drugs and alcohol
- Signs that your child is using
- What to do if you suspect your child is using
- How to get help if your child is abusing
Education is power. Parents – arm yourself with the education of addiction prevention and make sure this horrific disease never affects your child.
“It is time for America to deal with our nation’s number one public health problem: substance abuse and addiction. While we must provide treatment for those in need, the best cure is prevention”
– Jim Ramstad, Former Member of Congress.