Talk About the Dangers of Drugs With Your Teen
According to drugabusestatistics.org, 13,000 of 12- to 17-year-olds in Nebraska report using drugs in the last month.
“One of the most influential factors during a child’s adolescence is maintaining a strong, open relationship with a parent. When parents create supportive and nurturing environments, children make better decisions.” –SAMHSA.gov
As adults, you have a big influence on what your teen says yes (or no) to, and they could be saying yes sooner than you think. According to SAMHSA, by the time teens are seniors, almost 70% of high school students will have tried alcohol, half will have taken an illegal drug, and more than 20% will have used a prescription drug for a nonmedical purpose.
It’s time to talk with your teen about drugs – smoking, vaping, and marijuana – today.
Not sure where to start? Here is a free downloadable worksheet to help get ready to have a heart-to-heart conversation with your kids.