Students and drug use is on the rise. The increase in the number of young people using drugs coincides with the marijuana controversy in the news and on the political front. The daily use of marijuana amongst twelfth graders is up 6.5 percent. Young people are listening to the media reports that marijuana may be helpful because it is now legal in some states for medicinal purposes. This trend may continue to increase as more states legalize marijuana for recreational use.
Prescription drugs such as Adderall, a medication used for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is on the rise by high school students. Although cigarette smoking is declining the use of hookah water pipes and smoking small cigars is increasing. According to Drugfacts, 21.4 percent of 12th graders admitted to smoking a hookah in the past year. In addition, designer drugs such as 251, Nombi or Smiles are on the rise. This is a psychedelic drug which mimics LSD. The drug can be ingested or by just touching a paper that the drug has touched may have serious effects on the individual.
Here are some ways to keep your kids’ drug free.
Know what your child is doing. If you don’t know, they can’t go.
Talk to and with your child. What time can we go get a hamburger and talk?
Be involved in your child’s life. What can I do to help you?
Praise your child. Well done!
Set limits. We agree that you will be home by 9 or no weekend privileges.
Despite the fact that student drug abuse has declined in some areas, the statistics are still disturbing. Enjoy spending as much time with your child as possible!