Prevention Starts At Home 

Drug use initiation often begins as an attempt to belong to one's peer group, or to appear more "grown-up" than their years. 

Drug use is far more about wanting to "belong" to a peer group than of desiring to appear radical or revolutionary. Sure some kids will experiment with drugs, as they will other risky behaviors, but for the most part belonging is what drives their behavior and their initiation to drugs. 

Not all kids experiment with drugs, not all kids engage in risky behavior, in fact the majority of kids do not do drugs. 

Drawing the conclusion that all kids will experiment with drugs, is not based in evidence but is a myth that is dangerous. 

Give kids credit, give them the facts from reputable sources and they will make sound decisions about their health and future. 

Do not fall into the fatalistic trap that tries to get you to think that as it is inevitable that your kids will do drugs so you might as well provide them with safe places to engage, or even a safer sourced product. 

Don't be fooled by those that would normalize drug use by youth or enable them to use in your house. 

Embrace your kids not marijuana. Kids want to emulate adults - careful what behavior you model in front of them. 

Interesting Reading:

Alright, so maybe you smoked a bit of weed in high school or college. Perhaps you even dabbled with something stronger. You want to tell your kids about it so that they can learn from your mistakes. Good idea? According to a new study, no.

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign surveyed 561 middle school students on talks they had had with their parents about drinking, smoking and marijuana. They found that the kids were less likely to think drugs were bad if their parents had shared stories of past substance use with them. Kids whose parents simply drove home an anti-drug message without revealing their own indiscretions were more likely to avoid them.

So does this mean you should blatantly lie to your kids?

"We are not recommending that parents lie to their early adolescent children about their own past drug use," the study’s lead author Jennifer Kam, an assistant professor of communication, told Huff/Post50. "Instead, we are suggesting that parents should focus on talking to their kids about the negative consequences of drug use, how to avoid offers, family rules against use, that they disapprove of use, and others who have gotten in trouble from using.

"Parents may not want to voluntarily share their past drug use with their ea

Read article here:

 https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/telling-kids-about-past-drug-use_n_2740952?ec_carp=6669548595211995826

Drug Abuse Prevention Starts with Parents: Drugs, including tobacco and alcohol, are easily available to children and adolescents. As a parent, you have a major impact on your child’s decision not to use drugs.Most likely, children in grade school have not begun to use alcohol, tobacco, or any other kind of drug. That is why grade school is a good time to start talking about the dangers of drug use. Prepare your child for a time when drugs may be offered.

Read more here: 

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/teen/substance-abuse/Pages/Drug-Abuse-Prevention-Starts-with-Parents.aspx

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