Understanding the dangers of substance abuse and learning the facts and warning signs of smoking marijuana can help to prevent usage.
Sometimes viewed as casual or harmless, Marijuana is an addictive and dangerous drug. Per the Tusc. Co. ADC, one in six teens become addicted to marijuana. The drug is linked to lower grades and school failure as well as poor quality of life. The dangers, including impaired driving, foreign substances laced in, and psychosis or panic, are a threat to the youth who partake in smoking marijuana.
So how do you keep the kids and teens you love from abusing and using marijuana? First and foremost, talk openly and honestly with them; keep an open mind and be an active listener while answering their questions. Additionally:
- Stay informed and get to know the people in your teen’s life: friends, teachers, adult.
- Monitor your child’s whereabouts, but don’t lecture them. Stay active in their life.
- Be a positive role model for your child or teen.
- Help your child deal with peer pressure and encourage them to participate in fun and healthy activities.
- Declining schoolwork.
- Red eyes & unusual smells on clothes.
- Drug paraphernalia and clothes or jewelry promoting drug use.
- Abrupt changes in friends and deteriorating family relationships.
For more information on marijuana and talking with your children, visit the following sites:
- The Tuscarawas County Anti-Drug Coalition at adctusc.org
- Prevention Action Alliance at preventionactionalliance.org
- Know! (Prevention Action Alliance) at https://preventionactionalliance.org/about/programs/know/