How to Talk to Your Kids About Tobacco, Alcohol & Drugs
Talk to your child about the dangers of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. Knowing the facts will help your child make healthy choices. What do I need to say? When you talk about tobacco, alcohol, and drugs:
Could your kids be at risk for substance abuse? Families strive to find the best ways to raise their children to live happy, healthy, and productive lives. Parents are often concerned about whether their children will start or are already using drugs such as tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, and others, including the abuse of prescription drugs. Research supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has shown the important role that parents play in preventing their children from starting to use drugs.
Conversations are one of the most powerful tools parents can use to connect with — and protect — their kids. But, when tackling some of life’s tougher topics, especially those about drugs and alcohol, just figuring out what to say can be a challenge. Scenarios and scripts on what to say to your child, no matter their age.
Monitor Family members are in an influential position to immediately help reduce access to prescription medicine because medicines are commonly found in one's home. Being aware of what drugs and their quantities are in your home is very important. Take note of how many pills are in each of your prescription bottles or pill packets. Keep track of refills. If you have children or youth who have been prescribed medication, be sure you have a plan to manage the medicine, by monitoring taking it, dosages and refills. Secure Keep all medicines, both prescription and over-the-counter, in a safe place, such as a locked cabinet so that your loved ones cannot gain access to them. Dispose Safe disposing of unused or expired medication is critical in helping to protect your family, friends and home for misusing medication.
Seeking Drug Treatment: Know What to Ask
The goal of drug abuse treatment is to stop drug use and allow people to lead active lives in the family, workplace, and community. One continual challenge, however, is keeping patients in treatment long enough for them to achieve this goal. That is why finding the right treatment for a person's specific needs is critical. Drug abuse treatment is not "one size fits all." To help, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) created this brief guide containing five questions to ask when searching for a treatment program.
Teen abuse of prescription (Rx) pain medicine, also known as opioids, usually starts in two ways. Some teens start abusing it with friends because they’re curious, to self-medicate or because they think it will make them feel good. Others start taking it legitimately when prescribed by a doctor after an injury or dental procedure. But in some cases, legitimate use turns to dependence, abuse, addiction and then heroin use. Tragically, many overdose deaths are now being driven by heroin laced with fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, or similar compounds which are even more powerful and deadly. Follow Katie’s journey and learn more about how Rx drug abuse can lead teens to heroin use.