Tip #1: Prescription Drugs and Over the Counter Medications
Prescription abuse by young adults is on the rise. Either these drugs are being used to achieve a high or are being sold to others. Likewise, over the counter medications such as robitussin and various other cold medications are also taken to achieve a high. Your children’s friends also know where to find these substances. It is strongly advised that when you change your clocks, be sure to clean out your medicine cabinet and lock up prescriptions currently in use.
Tip #2: Today’s Technology: the Internet and Cell Phone
If you are not knowledgeable about “Facebook”, “Twitter” or “Texting” now is the time to learn! Both the internet and the cell phone are vehicles used by child predators, drug dealers and bullies. Please safe guard your children by understanding how to view their text messages and internet chat forums.
Tip #3: Become a “Responsible Reporter” and Teach Your Children How to Be One Too
Parents are the eyes and ears for the neighborhood. Under aged drinking and drug use are risky behaviors that can cost lives and devastate families. According to our local law enforcement, at the majority of “beer” parties, someone will also bring prescription drugs or other illegal substances. Please use your school’s tip line or call the local police whenever you have a concern for our youth’s well being. Children should also be taught to go to a trusted adult with similar concerns.
Tip #4: Get Help Sooner Than Later
Unlike the game of Baseball where it takes 3 strikes to make an out, if you discover that your child is experimenting with either alcohol or other substances, don’t wait for that 3rd strike. Enabling by giving “another chance” could potentially result in a lifetime of addiction. Seeking immediate help sends a strong message that alcohol or other substance use will not be a tolerated or acceptable behavior.
Tip #5: Trust Your GUT
If you suspect that your child is experimenting with alcohol or other substances and confront him or her, they might not be truthful if they are. You know your child best so you must trust your gut and seek professional guidance. When you need help, The Alliance’s website provides links to dozens of local community agencies that can recommend solutions.