It is the nation’s largest and longest-running substance use prevention program. It started in 1988, when the first one was organized by National Family Partnership or NFP (a national leader in drug prevention education & advocacy).
DVHS PTSA supports efforts by government and non-government organizations that seek to educate parents, teens, teachers, and caregivers about issues related to substance abuse. We wanted to bring to your attention some information – compiled by organizations – to create awareness about the problems related to different kinds of substance abuse as well as the resources you can access if you want to help anyone within your family or in the larger community.
This year’s theme is “Be Kind To Your Mind. Live Drug Free.™”
Welcome to Alcohol and Your Brain, an interactive activity for youth ages 13 and older to learn about alcohol’s effects on five areas of the brain.
Prevent your children, friends and relatives from misusing your own medication by securing your meds in places they cannot access.
Just because some drugs are legal, doesn’t mean they are less dangerous.
Know the Risks of Using Drugs
From Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Young adults ages 18-25 have the highest rates of drug use across the board. This includes marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, as well as prescription drugs and illicit opioids. And drug use among adults ages 26-49 is on the rise.
Different drugs pose different dangers. Drug use can lead to dependence and addiction, injury and accidents, health problems, sleep issues, and more. Drug use affects you and those close to you. Know there is help.
Cocaine: Highly addictive, cocaine is involved in nearly one in five overdose deaths; its health effects include asthma, bowel decay, and increased risk of HIV.
Methamphetamine (Meth): Meth causes devastating health effects, and sometimes death, even on the first try. Meth speeds up the body’s systems to dangerous levels. Chronic users experience anxiety, confusion, insomnia, paranoia, aggression, and more.
Prescription and illicit opioids: Highly addictive, the substances are the top cause of overdose deaths; health effects include confusion, nausea, constipation, coma, and brain damage.
Marijuana: Even though it is legal in many states, studies link marijuana use to various negative outcomes.
Substance abuse has far-reaching effects on physical and mental health, relationships, education, and overall well-being. It affects people of all ages, races, and backgrounds.
Key Points for Parents:
Awareness is the First Step: Recognize that no family is immune to the challenges of drug abuse. It's essential for parents to stay informed about the risks and warning signs.
Open Communication: Create a safe and judgment-free space for your teens to discuss their concerns and experiences. Encourage them to ask questions and share their feelings.
Education: Understand the various drugs, their effects, and the dangers associated with them. Knowledge empowers parents to have informed conversations.
Positive Role Modeling: Be a role model for healthy and drug-free living. Your actions and attitudes will influence your children.
Building Resilience: Help your teens develop emotional resilience to cope with life's challenges without turning to drugs.
Activities and Hobbies: Encourage your children to engage in sports, arts, or other activities they are passionate about. This can provide a healthy outlet for their energy and emotions.
Peer Relationships: Discuss the importance of choosing friends who share their commitment to a drug-free lifestyle.
Know the Signs: Be aware of any behavioral changes, declining school performance, or sudden shifts in friends, as these could be indicators of drug-related issues.
As parents, our commitment to promoting a drug-free lifestyle can make a profound difference in our children's lives and the future of our communities. Together, we can support our teens, prevent drug abuse, and foster a healthier, brighter future.