This workshop is for parents, law enforcement, community leaders, school personnel, treatment providers and counselors. The session is unique, in that it provides over 120 visual aids for attendees to hold and become familiar with. In today’s culture everything is person-specific and has different meanings to different individuals.
My friends are using “study drugs”, can they help me improve my grades too?
Some students hear that Adderall can can help them focus and perform academically, and think of it as a ‘study drug.’ Many teens and young adults are under the mistaken impression that because prescription stimulants such as Adderall came from a doctor that they are safe or safer than ‘street drugs.’ Learn more.
“Marijuana is addicting, has adverse effects upon the adolescent brain, is a risk for both cardio-respiratory disease and testicular cancer, and is associated with both psychiatric illness and negative social outcomes.” (American College of Pediatricians, 2015). Learn more.
Every day, 2,000 teenagers use a prescription drug to get high for the first time. It can be as easy as opening a cupboard, drawer or medicine cabinet. If your child is prescribed medication: talk to the prescribing physician about safety guidelines; monitor the family’s prescriptions; secure them tightly in a locked cabinet; and properly dispose of expired, unused medications. Irvington has an Rx Take Back Days on January 20 and April 28 at Irvington Town Hall from 10am – 2pm. Permanent MedReturn boxes are available 24/7 in the Ardsley and Dobbs Ferry Police stations. Learn more.
There is always great anticipation about the holiday season as this is a special time for many families. It is a special time with special events, parties when relatives and friends are more likely to gather together to celebrate this time of year. However, this time of year can also be a very challenging for many reasons.
The holidays can also be difficult when there has been the loss of a loved one or there is an ill or absent family member. The gaiety of the holidays can accentuate feelings of loss and pain. The holidays can be very emotional and can create stressful situations where there is the potential for someone to drink too much, relapse, misuse drugs, get overwhelmed, work too hard to have a nice celebration, spend too much money or have unrealistic expectations about the holidays.
In addition, during the holidays, teens and adults have more access to alcohol at intergenerational parties where alcohol is available but not necessarily monitored. Another issue is that students returning home after being at college may “invite” younger siblings to parties where alcohol and or other drugs are available. During this past year there is great concern about the use of marijuana, prescription drugs, and a significant increase in the number of teens vaping nicotine or marijuana.
Also, adults may be so busy, that there is less supervision of their teens and what they are doing. Talking to teens about these issues can be a very positive way to deal with these concerns. It gives a parent the opportunity to restate expectations, set boundaries, and state what the consequences will be if a teen uses alcohol and other drugs. A conversation with your teen can provide a chance to share both their and your concerns and expectations in regards to the holidays. Fears of parent or sibling relapse, car crashes, arrest or other alcohol related behavior can make the holiday season very stressful for teens. A conversation about these concerns can provide an opportunity to explore some strategies to help your teen reduce stress and remain alcohol and drug free.
Source: Parenting for Prevention