By Bill Nee, VP Sales/Marketing uVera Diagnostics
It’s back-to-school time, and you’re busy getting your child ready for a new school year. From kindergarten to 12th grade and on to college, the most important conversation you can have with your child is about drugs and alcohol.
Back-to-School is a Good Time to Talk with your Kids about Drugs and Alcohol
Don’t think your child is too young for this conversation, but the discussion should certainly be age appropriate. This is also not a one-time discussion. Children face peer pressure and temptation throughout their lives. They may say no the first time, but there will be other times with new friends and peers.
With the many celebrity deaths, like Cory Monteith, throughout the years and especially recently, using that as a discussion opener can be a way to start the conversation. This must also include prescription drug abuse. They need to understand the risks and consequences. One of the most important things you can do is open the line of communication and keep it open. Let them know it is safe to come to you no matter the circumstance.
This is not a perfect world, though, and drug and alcohol abuse take over your child’s life. Many times they don’t see the problem, or they’re scared to tell you. This is when you have to be the most proactive.
You must be able to:
- Recognize Drug and Alcohol Use
- Investigate Potential Substance Abuse in Your Home
- Respond to Drug and Alcohol Use in Teenagers
There are many resources to help parents and loved ones who suspect and/or confirm drug and alcohol abuse.
One great resource is a FREE online download of Addressing Teenage Substance Abuse: A Parent’s Guide. No matter the age of your child, this is a great resource. It addresses Substance Abuse, popular drugs abused among teenagers include marijuana (pot or weed), methamphetamine (crystal meth), prescription drugs like OxyContin, vicodin and alcohol.
High on the list are non-prescription, over-the-counter medications such as cough syrups or pills containing pseudoephedrine. Inhalants have also become widely used among younger teens. Click here to download, Addressing Teenage Substance Abuse: A Parent’s Guide.
Articles that provide great information include:
- Drug Addiction Affects the Whole Family
- Driving Under The Influence of Marijuana
- What Parents should know about Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs
- The Dangerous Short and Long-Term Affects of Using Drugs
- Signs and Symptoms of Possible Drug Use
- Part 1: The Most Common Drugs Used By Teens
- Part 2: The Most Common Drugs Used By Teens
- The Cold Hard Facts on Prescription Drug Abuse
- Part 2: The Cold Hard Facts on Prescription Drug Abuse
These are great articles to share with your kids about how drugs and alcohol abuse can destroy their social life.
- How Drugs can Destroy Your Social Life
- How Drugs can Destroy Your Social Life Part 2: Family, Work and School
There are also options that include treatment centers, group therapy and psychologists. Your insurance company can help you locate those options. This article explains your options, Get Help with Drug Rehab.
Online options include:
- National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD)
- For information on teenage drug abuse visit NIDA for Teens, a non-profit government website dedicated to educating and offering resources for teens and parents about drugs.
- According to a report published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, the number of car crash victims with marijuana in their system increased from 4.2 percent in 1999 to 12.2 percent in 2010.
If you suspect your child is using drugs or alcohol, there are simple ways to confirm your suspicions. One is by doing an at-home drug test. You can purchase these drug tests online from uVera Diagnostics. You can buy them one at a time or several at a time. They are discreetly shipped right to your door, and they are easy to use, giving you fast, accurate results.
Here is a 5-Drug Test that is fast, easy, affordable and 99% accurate. The test is simple to administer and results are visible within minutes.
To see the drug tests available and what drugs they test for, click here for uVera Diagnostics’ drug tests.
For more information you can call 866-242-5930.
If you’ve talked to your kids about drugs and alcohol, and we hope you have, leave us a comment below and tell us how it went!
Posted by Bill Nee, VP Sales/Marketing uVera Diagnostics and Co-designer and Developer of the CR3 split-sample drug test cup. Bill has 25 years in sales management and marketing and is a 10 year veteran of the drug testing industry. As a parent and co-worker, Bill’s energy is focused on drug testing on every level. Addiction is all around us in alcohol, prescriptions and street drugs, and that is a constant reminder a drug free society starts with each and every one of us.
For more information on drug testing, click here or call 1-866-242-5930.
This information is meant for awareness and education purposes only. Any medical or life saving advice should come from experts. Always consult with your physician about any and all drugs.
Photos courtesy of: Photo Credit Sue Schneider_MGP Agency (Cory Monteith) FreeDigitalPhotos.com by David Castillo Dominici (girl with hate)