Drugs & Your Family

teen cooking

8 Activities to Keep Your Kids Occupied During Summer Vacation (Besides the Summer Job)

In June, teens are amped for summer vacation. But as the school-free weeks go on and on, boredom usually sets in. And that’s where problems could start. According to reports, summer break is when a lot of teens take drugs for the first time. Here are some activities to keep your young loved ones engaged to, hopefully, have a drug-free summer vacation.

teen girl on cell phone

Buying Drugs Online – What You Should Know & How to Protect Your Kids

Young people are getting drugs online, perhaps now more than ever.

photo of 5th grader being bullied

Bullying and Future Drug Use

We all know that the emotional damage bullying has on a child can last well into their adulthood. But now, a recent study has also cast a light on the connection between bullying and future drug use.

boy holding pills

What You Should Know About Steroids and Young People

High school steroid use has been on the decline for many years. Still, 45 percent of high school seniors do not see a great risk in using steroids once or twice, according to the Monitoring the Future 2016 Survey. This, coupled with the availability of the drugs online, could signal danger to teens that don’t know or understand the risks.

mother and daughter talking

10 Strategies to Prevent Your Young Person from Using Drugs

According to a study, young people who hadn’t used drugs up until their senior year in high school are more likely to use marijuana once they start college than their peers who don’t go to college. Here are a few ways you can prevent your young loved one from using any drug before they head off to school and while they are in college.

shoes

Hiding Places

All parents strive to have an open and honest relationship with their teens. However, if your young loved one is dealing with drug addiction, they often become secretive, and as parents you may find answers in their rooms or vehicles. For those facing this serious issue, here are a few common places your teen could be hiding drugs. 

chasing the dragon

VIDEO: Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict

You are going to see that once the addiction starts it is often too late. By telling somebody, you could be saving a life.

drug poisoning deaths involving opioids, 1999-2014

How Opioid (Painkiller) Abuse Can Lead to Heroin Use

Since 2010, heroin deaths have significantly increased by 248 percent. Why is this happening?

abusing prescription opioid painkillers may lead to heroin use

Prescription Drug Abuse

What is prescription drug abuse? Prescription drug abuse is when someone takes a medication prescribed for someone else, takes their own prescription in a way not intended by a doctor or dentist, or takes a medication to get high, according to DrugAbuse.gov. Prescription (RX) drugs are the most commonly abused substances by teens after marijuana, synthetic marijuana (spice), and alcohol. 

prescription medication inside of medicine cabinet

Medications in Your Home

Prescription (Rx) and over- the-counter (OTC) medicines are legal products that should be used only as directed. Unfortunately, many teens are using opioid painkillers and OTC medicines to get high.