I couldn’t sleep last night. It always takes me longer to fall asleep than BC but sometimes it is ridiculous. Last night it was probably because we had a PTA event at the school. I guess events generate excitement, change the normal evening routine, and give me more stuff to think about. Last night was no exception. It was a Drug Awareness and Prevention seminar for parents.
Our speaker was the drug prevention specialist from our district. Oh my goodness! Not only was the information from the seminar startling but this isn’t what I originally sat down to write about. I meant to bounce off of it and launch into something else, but that is what my brain did all last night. I thought about not only the seminar but just about everything else briefly and nothing completely. Relaxing and quieting your spirit is also a whole other topic, but I think I will stop now long enough to give the topic of the seminar the time it deserves.
Make no mistake, it is not too early to teach your child about substance abuse. Children are getting involved with drugs younger and younger. Drug makers will make more money this way. Substances have been disguised and glamorized in so many ways that often the child doesn’t even know it falls into the nasty “drug” category. They do not know the risk and danger so it is easy for them to fall prey.
We heard this information last night and I found it duplicated on the district site.
Did you know……….?
- Texas leads the nation in inhalant use deaths!
- 3% of the nation’s 4th grade population has already inhaled a substance to get high
- 4 primary drugs of choice among Texas youth are alcohol, marijuana, ecstasy, inhalants
- Texas is #1 in the nation for adolescent alcohol-related traffic fatalities!
- Youth who begin drinking alcohol before the age of 15 are 4 times more likely to become alcoholic
- Average age to begin drinking alcohol among Tarrant County youth is 11.6
My daughter knows drugs are bad. She runs and gags dramatically if she even passes someone on the street who is smoking. Last year she made her own mini poster about not using drugs to carry around the grocery store during Red Ribbon Week. Yes, we did get some strange looks and some approving smiles. The question is would she know not to smell Expo markers or take drinks from friends at school who insist it didn’t hurt them or try the Strawberry Quick that looks like rock candy?
I am the Anti-Drug. You are the Anti-Drug. Parents are given as the reason 50% of the time that children choose to stay away from drugs. They do not want to disappoint us.
It is my job to make it so scary to her she will run and gag from the glamorized abuses also.
The following links will have way more information than I can duplicate here. Educate yourself so you know the slang children are using, what are the substances of choice easily available to your children, and how you can be the anti-drug.
Also Google “before and after pictures of heroin addicts.” This will give you plenty of ammunition to make this scary for your young child.
Next week begins National Red Ribbon Week. This is a great time to talk to your kids about drugs because they will be hearing about making good choices all week at school.
And about losing sleep, this battle isn’t just against flesh and blood and drugs.
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” I Peter 5:7-9