Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Parent to Parent: Drug Free Kids
Students of all ages face peer pressure to try drugs and alcohol. That's especially true in high school, but, parents, you can take steps to keep your kids drug free. Advice in today's Parent to Parent.
WSVN -- Lindsay Lohan busted with cocaine, Nicole Richie jailed for drunk driving and Britney Spears in and out of rehab. These are the celebrities your kids look up to, and local drug counselors say, "Parents, heads up drugs are still a problem for kids."
Laurie Crosby: "Whether it's from their family or dealing with the changes going on within themselves, within their bodies, changing schools, and it's definitely still a huge problem."
Binge drinking and prescription drug abuse are on the rise.
Laurie Crosby: "Because of the access that kids are getting from their parents and their families and their friends."
Most parents don't even find out until it's too late, but, parents, there are warning signs to look for. If your child's grades suddenly drop. If he or she starts acting distant from family and friends. Also look for changes in eating and sleeping habits and sudden mood swings.
Laurie Crosby: "They become very snappy with their judgments, and they become very angry. Those are really key warning signs."
Parents, you don't have to be a snoop, but you should check up on your child. Talk to their school. Find out if they are late or absent, and get to know your child's friends, even on the Internet.
Laurie Crosby: "The computer is definitely an outlet for a lot of kids, a lot of kids spending hours upon hours, and it's always good to know who their friends are and who their friends are through MySpace."
If you suspect something, confront them about it. Katie, Julie and Rose have seen how drug use can destroy lives.
Katie Sapkosky: "I saw a lot of drug use around me, and I saw people die from over drug use, and it's really a shame because they have a lot to live for."
These kids joined an in-school drug program called DFYIT, which means Drug Free Youth In Town.
Julie Fontaine: "You know that's not a really good decision for you, you can do something better with your life, change it, that's why I try to get my friends to join DFYIT."
The program brings students together and gets them involved in their community, and that's the key to keeping them away from drugs.
Katie Sapkosky: "Drugs are just another way to hide behind fears and emotions. Let it out, talk to a friend, talk to a counselor, talk to your parents."
Lynn Martinez: "The DFYIT program requires each student to do 10 hours of community service. They also take educational field trips and host fun events."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Drug Free Youth in Town
16201 SW 95th Avenue, #205
Miami, FL 33157