I Know It’s Important to Talk to My Teen About Drugs and Alcohol â€” But What Should I Say Exactly? (Info from The Partnership at DrugFree.org)
Soon thoughts may swirl through your mind: Do any of his friends smoke pot? Has he been offered a joint? Do her friends get drunk? Does she?
Of course, the only way to know the answers to these questions is to come out and ask.
But we know this isn’t as easy as it sounds.
Well, one way to start the dialogue with your child is to use Teachable Moments.The idea is to use news items, movies, books or TV shows as a springboard to start a conversation about drugs or alcohol. “So, what do you think about what’s going on with [insert fictional characters, celebrity, professional athlete, classmates or relative?]“ or “Have you ever heard of bath salts?”
Perhaps even one of the seven beer ads airing during this Sunday’s Super Bowl might help spark a conversation.
It’s also important to know what’s out there. To help you sound like you know what you’re talking about, we’ve developed a handy Drug Guide for Parents (pdf) outlining the 13 most commonly used drugs by teens.
Lastly, when you do talk with your child, ask him to share his experiences and opinions about teens who use. Then tell him how you feel and what you expect from him. Try to be warm but firm.
For example, to support a no-use policy, you might say:
Keep in mind that kids who learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are up to 50% less likely to use than those who don’t get that message at home. So, while your chats may not be without their awkward moments, they’re definitely worth it.
DFC Grant Coordinator and Health Educator at Kandiyohi County Public Health
P.S. Wondering what to say if your child asks,”Have you ever done drugs?”
Archive for the ‘Bath Salts’ Category
DEA warns of bath salt abuse
Some salts – sold at head shops, not drugstores – are perceived as legal drug alternatives and are implicated in health problems.
By KATHERINE LYMN, Star Tribune
Last update: January 30, 2011
Government officials are warning of possible health risks associated with another product sold in some so-called head shops: bath salts.
Synthetic stimulants are being sold at such shops nationwide as crystallized or powdered bath salts, and health officials are taking a closer look at the risks.
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