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 Myths about Teens, Alcohol and Other Drugs

1. ”My kids are good kids. They won't get into alcohol or other drugs.”
2. ”They’ll grow out of it and be ok.”
3. ”We live in the suburbs. Drugs are a city problem.”
4. ”I’m teaching them to drink responsibly.”
5. ”I can’t stop my kids from doing the same things I did at their age.”
6. ”Weed isn’t that harmful.”
7. ”If I set limits, my kids won’t be popular.”

Teens in suburbs use illegal drugs just as much as teens in cities. -FACT In Massachusetts, urban and suburban youth use drugs in about the same numbers. "three ingredients needed for drug use—money, cell phones, and transportation." -Recent graduate of a suburban high school 2003 - “Youth Risk Behavior Survey” of the freshman class at a Massachusetts suburban high school

Marijuana use has been linked to mental illness. -FACT “Marijuana absolutely affects motivation. A lot of the kids who aren’t graduating this year are the ones who are hooked on pot. Marijuana becomes the focus of what a kid does and who he is.” – High School Substance Abuse Counselor

“The scientific evidence is now clear that marijuana use during teenage years increases the risk of mental illness later in life. If you smoke pot, you quadruple your chances of developing mental illness later on.” – Dr. John Knight, Children’s Hospital Boston
Share new information about marijuana use with your teen.

When children say: "But you (Parent) smoked marijuana, why can't I?" Say: “It was a mistake and I shouldn’t have done it. As my son or daughter you can go out and repeat my mistakes, but my hope is that you don’t have to.”

How to set limits:
Remind your teen that many kids aren’t using alcohol or other drugs.
State the rules, explain the consequences and follow through.
Catch your teenager “being good.” Reward him for keeping the rules, for
achievements and for contributing to the family and the community.
Keep discussing why alcohol and drugs are not allowed.
Get to know your teens’ friends and their parents.

Child Parent
“That’s not fair. You’re the only parent who won’t let me…” “I am sorry you feel that way but that is the rule in this house.”
“I didn’t know… “ “You do now.”
“I was holding it for a friend… “ “You’re still responsible.”
“It was my first time… “ “Bad things can happen the first time.”
“That teacher/person in charge is out to get me… “ “That is irrelevant.”
“Don’t you trust me? … “ “My trust meter is low right now. Here’s what you can do to raise it.”

Tell kids that inhalants can cause permanent brain damage or death, even on the first use. Supervise the use of household, shop and art products. Teach kids to read labels and treat inhalants as poisons.Experimenting with drugs can have devastating effects

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