This page is dedicated to parents, caregivers, and guardians of students in Richland One as resource for communicating with youth and teens about alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) use. Additional information is available on the ROCC Resources Page as well.
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Keeping your Teens Safe during Prom Season!
Prom season is quickly approaching. And along with the decisions to make about dates, dresses, and tuxedos, your teens can also be faced with decisions to make about drugs and alcohol. Below are some tips for parents to help keep teens safe on the biggest night of the year!
1. Establish good communication. Talk with your teens about their plans and help them feel comfortable calling you if they do get into a problematic situation.
2. Present a healthy role model. Make sure your teen knows that it is not okay to use drugs or to drink alcohol while under the age of 21. Tell them the health repercussions that come for their use. Let them see you as a healthy influence.
3. Clarify your values regarding alcohol and drugs. Let your teens know that underage drinking is not acceptable. Be clear and straight forward with your beliefs.
4. Teach your child how to resist peer pressure and other social skills. Help them practice possible conversations that may arise regarding alcohol and drug use and how they can safely get out of those situations.
5. Know where your teen is going and who they will be with. Meeting up with their friend's/date's parents ahead of the prom date is a great way to learn more about your child's peers and how they and their families feel about alcohol and drug use.
6. Set appropriate and realistic expectations. Unfortunately, despite all of the precautions taken, some teens will still drink. Make sure your teen knows that it is never safe to get into a vehicle after drinking or with someone who has been drinking. Make sure your teens know that you or another responsible adult will be available as safe alternatives if they get into a dangerous situations.
7. Talk with your teen about drugs and alcohol. Make sure your teen knows what will happen if they use drugs and alcohol. They are still developing physically and mentally; drug and alcohol use will keep them from reaching their full potential.
8. Know that your attitude and behavior around alcohol and drugs affect your children. Make sure you are an example of responsible alcohol use. Make sure that your teens understand that you do not condone drug use or underage drinking.
9. Communicate clear consequences for use and follow through with those consequences. Let your teen know what punishments will happen if they drink or use drugs. Once you have proposed those consequences, make sure that you follow through with them.
10. Intervene at the first signs of alcohol or drug use. If you see that your teen or one of their peers is using drugs or alcohol, step in. Talk to them or to their parents about their behavior and seek out resources to help you and them.
Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among youth in the United States.
Although drinking by persons under the age of 21 is illegal, people aged 12 to 20 years drink 11% of all alcohol consumed in the United States.
More than 4 in 10 people who begin drinking before age 15 eventually become alcoholics.
Underage drinking contributes to costly health and social problems, including motor vehicle crashes (the greatest single mortality risk for underage drinkers); suicide; interpersonal violence including homicides, assaults, and rapes; unintentional injuries such as burns, falls, and drowning; brain impairment; alcohol dependence; risky sexual activity; academic problems; and alcohol and drug poisoning.
Drinking and driving can have tragic endings. In the US, about 5,000 people under the age of 21 die each year from injuries caused by underage drinking in car crashes.
Maintain an active presence in your child’s life.
Talk with and listen to your child.
Meet and get to know your child’s friends.
Marijuana, the most common illicit drug used in the United States, is a preparation made of dried leaves, flowers, and stems of the cannabis plant and contains the mind-altering chemical delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
THC levels in smoked marijuana have increased from 3% in 1970 to 14.5% in 2012.
Marijuana is addictive. About 1 in 6 people who start using as a teen, and 25-50 percent of those who use it every day, become addicted to marijuana.
Heavy marijuana use during teen years can permanently lower intelligence (IQ) in adult life by as much as 8 points, potentially lowering intelligence from average to low average.
Regular marijuana use has been associated with depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and personality disturbances.
Marijuana use more than doubles a driver’s risk of being in an accident.
Make sure your child knows exactly what you will and will not allow.
Stand strong when your child argues against the rules.
Allow your child to have input in making the rules.
Prescription drug abuse is when someone takes medication that was prescribed for someone else or takes their medication in a way not intended by the doctor or to get high.
After marijuana and alcohol, prescription drugs are the most commonly abused substances by Americans age 14 and older.
One in five teens has abused prescription drugs.
One in three teens report knowing someone who abuses prescription drugs.
One in three teens surveyed say there is “nothing wrong” with abusing prescription drugs “every once in a while.”
The most commonly abused prescription drugs by teenagers include painkillers, depressants, and stimulants.
Abusing prescription drugs is illegal – including sharing prescriptions with family members and friends.
Review and approve your teen’s activities.
Set check-in times if your teen is going to be out later than usual for a special occasion.
Confirm that chaperones will be present at parties/dances.
Drugged driving is a public health concern because it puts the driver, passengers and others who share the road at risk. Drugs can impair drivers’ ability to operate a motor vehicle just as alcohol and can prove just as deadly.
According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 10.3 million people aged 12 or older reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs during the year prior to the survey.
In 2009, 1 in 3 fatally injured drivers tested positive for drugs.
Of high school seniors, 1 in 8 drove after marijuana use and 1 and 5 rode with a driver who had been using.
After alcohol, THC (delta-9- tetrahydrocannabinol), the active ingredient in marijuana, is the substance most commonly found in the blood of impaired drivers, fatally injured drivers, and motor vehicle crash victims. Driving studies indicates that marijuana can negatively affect a driver’s attentiveness, perception of time and speed, and ability to draw on information obtained from past experiences.
Other drugs commonly implicated in drugged driving accidents include opiates, amphetamines, benzodiazepines, and cocaine.
Talk with your child about the legal, emotional, physical, and social dangers of alcohol and drug use.
Continue the conversation until your child safely reaches adulthood.
Make sure your child knows that there are many reason for not allowing her to drink or use drugs – under any circumstances, until she is 21.
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