Educate Ourselves and Teens About Drugs and Alcohol

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Back in my day, when I heard the word “bath salts” it would make me think of something you add to the bathtub. Times have changed so much and bath salts have taken on a new meaning and unfortunately it’s not a good thing. According to DrugAbuse.gov, bath salts are usually white or brown crystal-like powder and are sold in small plastic or foil packages labeled “Not for Human Consumption.” Not only are bath salts an issue in the drug world, but so are alcohol, tobacco, and cocaine, plus many other types of drugs.

Take the IQ Challenge

After reading lots of facts about drugs and alcohol, I decided to take the National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge. I’m ashamed that I thought I knew much more about today’s drug and alcohol problem. There are drugs on the street I’ve never even heard of, one of those being bath salts. Make sure you take the “National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge” – a 12-question multiple choice quiz that teens and adults can take to test their knowledge about drugs. Parents can take the IQ Challenge and use the results to start a conversation with their teen about drugs and alcohol.

Help Keep Your Teen Drug Free

If you have a teen in your household, this is a scary reality. Your teen could be exposed to drugs and alcohol and you would never have a clue, which is why it’s important to talk to them about drug and alcohol facts . The facts on prescription drugs are quite alarming in the teen world. “After marijuana and alcohol, prescription drugs are the most commonly abused substances by Americans age 14 and older.”

Get the Facts

Parents of teens should check out this Family Checkup resource to help become knowledgeable on teen drug use. These tips and facts could help keep your teen drug free.

National Drug & Alcohol Facts WeekSM

National Drug & Alcohol Facts WeekSM (NDAFW) is also a great way to help keep your teen’s drug free. This week long event gets teens and scientific experts together to bust myths about drug abuse. The observance will be held January 25-31, 2016, and is sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), both parts of the National Institutes of Health. This event was started in 2010 to SHATTER THE MYTHS about drugs and alcohol. Since its beginning, NDAFW has grown past 1500 events in 50 states, and there are even some international events happening every year! These events link teens with scientists and other experts, creating a safe place for teens to ask questions about drug and alcohol use, without judgment or lectures.

If your teen is using drugs or you need to talk to them about using drugs, please visit http://teens.drugabuse.gov/ to get a bunch of awesome resources. Print out this awesome printable to declare why you want to SHATTER THE MYTHS about drug and alcohol use in teens.

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