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Our children are growing up in a society that bombards them with mixed messages about drug use through tobacco and alcohol ads, music, television, movies, peers, as well as other things. To insure the health and well being of your child it is very important that you are aware of the pressures they are facing and are playing a role in their prevention.

According to a 2008 survey performed by the National Institute on Drug abuse, 10.9 percent of eighth graders, 23.9 percent of tenth graders, and 32.4 percent of twelfth graders had used marijuana in the past year. In the same year 15.4 percent of twelfth graders were using prescription drugs to get high, particularly vicodin. Other drugs of common use include cocaine, inhalants, hallucinogens, LSD, heroin, crack cocaine, and tranquilizers.

In order to decrease the chances of your child using and/or abusing drugs, it is important for you to take an active stance.

  • Be open to communicating with them. Make sure that they know that they can come to you with questions or concerns and being willing to listen. If your child asks you about your past, be honest with them.
  • Be a positive role model. Lead a healthy drug free lifestyle yourself.
  • Keep them involved in positive activities. Get them involved in sports, music, or other activities that interest them.
  • Know where your children. When they're going out ask them where, when, with who, and what they are doing. Make the effort to know who your child's friends are because they have a strong influence on your child.