Help Reduce the Chances Your ChildWill Develop a Drug or Alcohol Problem1. Build a warm & supportive relationship with your child.2. Be a good role model when it comes to drinking, taking medicine & handling stress.3. Know your child's risk level.4. Know your child's friends.5. Monitor, supervise & set boundaries.6. Have ongoing conversations & provide information about drugs & alcohol.
Dec. 14, 2017 by The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
With the recent Monitoring the Future Study release indicating that nearly one in three 12th graders reported using a vaping device in the past year, it’s imperative that parents are informed of the potential dangers that can result from vaping.
The easiest way for teens to obtain prescription medicines is from their friends or their parents' medicine cabinet. It's so common that it could happen even in your house!
Signs Your Child May Be Using Alcohol or Drugs
- Problems at school- falling grades, skipping class, disciplinary issues.
- Sudden mood changes- temper flare-ups, irritability, defensiveness.
- Personality changes, lack of interest in hobbies/activities.
- Disrupted eating or sleeping habits.
- Memory lapses, poor concentration, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, lack of coordination.
- Unexplained disappearance of medicines in the household.
- Change in friends and/or hang-outs.
- Secretiveness and withdrawing from family.
- Missing things/money from the house; increased requests for cash.
Pill Collection DropboxLobby of the Public Safety Center725 N. Cherry St., W-SM-F, 8am-5pmDispose of expired, unneeded, or unwanted prescription pills properly and safely by bringing them to the Public Safety Center, 725 N. Cherry St. in W-S. Citizens should check with the Officer at the front desk for instructions on how to use the pill collection dropbox.Proper and safe disposal of pills reduces the possibility of accidental or criminal use of prescription drugs. It is also a safer alternative to landfills and sewage which do not neutralize the medications and so do not protect against the contamination of public water supplies.
Talking To Kids About Alcohol
5 Conversation Goals
1. Show you disapprove of underage drinking.
More than 80% of young people ages 10-18 say their parents are the leading influence on their decision to drink or not drink. So they really are listening, and it’s important that you send a clear and strong message.
2. Show you care about your child’s happiness and well-being.
Young people are more likely to listen when they know you’re on their side. Try to reinforce why you don’t want your child to drink—not just because you say so, but because you want your child to be happy and safe. The conversation will go a lot better if you’re working with, and not against, your child.
3. Show you’re a good source of information about alcohol.
You want your child to be making informed decisions about drinking, with reliable information about its dangers. You don’t want your child to be learning about alcohol from friends, the internet, or the media—you want to establish yourself as a trustworthy source of information.
4. Show you’re paying attention and you’ll notice if your child drinks.
You want to show you’re keeping an eye on your child, because young people are more likely to drink if they think no one will notice. There are many subtle ways to do this without prying.
5. Build your child’s skills and strategies for avoiding underage drinking.
Even if your child doesn’t want to drink, peer pressure is a powerful thing. It could be tempting to drink just to avoid looking uncool. To prepare your child to resist peer pressure, you’ll need to build skills and practice them.
Keep it low-key. Don’t worry, you don’t have to get everything across in one talk. Many small talks are better.from SAMHSA.govLast Updated: 05/20/2015
What to do if your child is drinking or using drugs.You can never be too safe or intervene too early - even if you believe your child is just "experimenting."Partnership for Drug-Free Kids has developed an Intervention eBook to address common questions.The WS/FC Schools Safe & Drug-Free Schools office can help answer your questions and identify possible referrals. You can remain anonymous if you choose or we can involve school support staff. No parent needs to feel alone. We are here to help.
Drug Identification Resource Guides
This comprehensive guide provides important information about the harms and consequences of drug use by describing a drug’s effects on the body and mind, overdose potential, origin, legal status, and other key facts. Drugs of Abuse also offers a list of additional drug education and prevention resources designed for parents, educators and caregivers.