As the kids return to school – a few words about drugs & alcohol

by Megan Jones

In addition to putting away your beach chairs and planning a fun activity for Labor Day weekend, there is one more inevitable task on tap for parents this fall- talking to the kids about drug use before they school.

Every Mom and Dad on the globe would love to think that none of the students sharing a classroom with their son or daughter are using drugs, but they are in a dangerous state of denial.

Parents may not realize that adolescent brains are more susceptible to addiction, thanks to a prefrontal cortex that is still developing. As a means to manage peer, family, and teacher expectations, some students will reach for performance-altering substances, some could be solicited for a drug sale and not even know it. Still others could be advertising their “extra-curricular” activities without saying a word…

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