What are our children saying?
What do you want your parents to tell you about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs?
“Everything they know.”
“What alcohol and other drugs did to their friends.”
“Let us know the dangers early in life so we won’t have to find out on our own.”
What do you want your parents to do if they suspect you are using?
“Search my room for alcohol, tobacco and other drugs–test me–find out the source.”
From: A Parent’s Guide for the Prevention of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Use
Parents have great influence on their children’s decisions before they begin to use illegal substances. Many students report that one of the main reasons they choose NOT to use is parental disapproval. What parents say and model for their children does make a difference. Learn and understand how the adolescent brain differs from a mature brain and the negative consequences alcohol and other substances have on brain development, academic success, and the possibility of addiction.