Moms Talk: Talking About Drugs With Your Teen

How do you approach your teen to open a discussion on drugs?

Only a third of parents talk to their teens about the risks of drugs and alcohol, despite research showing that kids are less likely to use if parents have these conversations, according to the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign.

And it's not just illegal drugs parents have to worry about their kids abusing, but also the over-the-counter and prescriptions drugs in their own medicine cabinets.

While many parents might like to believe that their kids know better, if that was actually the case there would be far less drug use among teens.

"The National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse XI: Teens and Parents" reported in 2006 that while 80 percent of parents believe that alcohol and marijuana are not available at the parties their teens go to, 50 percent of teenage party-goers say they attend parties where drugs, alcohol or both are available.

This week's Moms Talk topic is: How do you open up the discussion on drugs with your teen? Do you rely on on health education classes? Is there an appropriate age to discuss the dangers of illegal drugs?

Share your thoughts, concerns and more in our comment section below.

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Christina Strassfield March 23, 2011 at 09:02 PM
It is so very important for all parents to talk with their children about drugs, alcohol, smoking and inappropriate behavoir. Depending on your child's maturity level I would say that the conversation needs to start as early as they can comprehend (way before they are teens) and then it needs to be ongoing and at a more in depth level. I believe it needs to happen at the elementary school level and continue on through college!
jeff March 24, 2011 at 07:39 PM
The latest SAMHSA government figures show that children as young as 8 years old are taking drugs. Many children begin their drug use at home with the help of the pills in the home medicine cabinet. Myteensavers believes that the best way for parents to remain in the loop is to communicate with their kids. They need to ask direct questions about alcohol and drugs, and they need to reinforce the message that drugs are dangerous and deadly. Our counselors believe that home drug testing is the weapon parents can utilize to ensure that their children remain drug free. I think Christina's opinion was right on the money. This message needs to be reinforced by parents from 8-21.


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