Category Archives: Parents

Post Image

TODDLERS AND THC: THE NUMBER OF YOUNG CHILDREN EXPOSED TO MARIJUANA IS ON THE RISE

In the car, on the playground, at grandma’s house – these are just a few of the places young children have accidentally eaten products made with marijuana in recent years. As more states legalize marijuana for medical and recreational use, one often-overlooked consequence is […]

Read More

Top Ten Tips for Parenting – by Tim Carey

I think parenting is a unique privilege and perhaps the single most important role in society.
 
To reconcile my difficulty with giving advice, I’ve framed these “tips” as questions to invite you to reflect on your role as a parent.
 
I read […]

Read More

WANT TO KNOW IF YOUR KID IS DOING DRUGS?

Here are signs:
 
If you overhear your child brag about robo-tripping, getting “crunk” or hanging out with Molly or Stacy, you are probably long overdue for a heart-to-heart talk.
 
Those are euphemisms for getting high or experimenting with hard drugs.
 
Experts say the […]

Read More

WHAT PARENTS CAN DO ABOUT TEENS AND ADDICTION

Within the Tredyffrin/Easttown school community, at sporting events, on social media, at dinner tables and beyond… there are many (many) conversations about Chris Herren, a former college and NBA basketball player who lost his career to alcohol and drug additction, […]

Read More
Post Image

MARIJUANA EDIBLES

Marijuana Edibles have become much more prevalent since some States in the USA havelegalised marijuana for recreational use. The results of this misguided legislation have been shocking in Colorado and Washington.
 
Since the full implementation of Amendment 64 in 2014, when […]

Read More

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO TALK WITH YOUR TEEN ABOUT MARIJUANA

 
INTRODUCTION
 
“When I was a kid…” doesn’t really work when talking with your kids about marijuana today. It’s a whole new ballgame. Marijuana — legal or otherwise — is a hot topic. It’s more important than ever for parents to […]

Read More

When a Loved One Struggles With Addiction: Feeling YOUR Pain

 
“At what point do we give her a choice of going to rehab or getting kicked out of the house? She’s 23, started using at 13, and has been to treatment more than six times. I’m exhausted.”
These words came from […]

Read More

WHEN SHOULD YOU TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT ALCOHOL?

 
Before they turn 10, doctors say
Having the “booze talk” with kids before they take their first sip of alcohol is crucial, according to a report released Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
 
That moment comes earlier than adults might expect, […]

Read More

OUR CHILDREN ARE SURROUNDED BY BOOKS

Hundreds of thousands of American youth are following marijuana-related Twitter accounts and getting pro-pot messages several times each day, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found.
 
The tweets are cause for concern, they said, because young […]

Read More

“You never can trust your baby sitters if you’re not alert about drugs.”

 
The following are excerpts from a talk given by Dr. Marsha Keith Schuchard, a parent and University of Texas Professor of English, on the topic of drug use in society, and particularly marijuana, and the need for parents to participate […]

Read More

SURVEY FINDS MOST TEENS DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL

 
Submitted by Paulina Skladanowska on 25th October 2013 – 10:01
Encouraging news from the US. A new survey of 695 students finds that more that 3 out of 4 teens say they do not drink alcohol.
Top reasons why teens said they […]

Read More

THE MOST POPULAR ALCOHOL BRANDS AMONG US YOUTH

 
THE MOST POPULAR ALCOHOL BRANDS AMONG US YOUTH are the ones most often featured in advertisements in teenage magazines, according to a new study.
 
Their ads are found to be five to nine times more likely to appear in those magazines. […]

Read More
Post Image

Why do teens try alcohol?

There is no single reason why teenagers use drugs or alcohol. But here are some of the core issues and influences behind the behaviour of teenage drug and alcohol use.
It’s important that you, as a parent, understand these reasons and […]

Read More

THE MARIJUANA EMPEROR WEARS NO CLOTHES

 
By Cannabis Activist
 
Like everyone else, the Marijuana Emperor duped me into becoming a participant in the “medical” marijuana industry sham.  When I woke up, people ignored or discounted my revelations.   My name for this last section is a play […]

Read More
Post Image

Grandparents: What role can they play in preventing alcohol and other drug use?

Increasingly I am seeing more grandparents attend my Parent Information Evenings. Some are now their grandchild’s primary caregiver and are really struggling to deal with adolescent behaviour, coming to the talk looking for any tips that may assist them to […]

Read More
Post Image

Drug Use in Children

  The above graph clearly shows that when adolescents perceive marijuana to be less harmful the use goes up,  and of course vice versa.    Look especially at 1987 – 1993.
Read More
Post Image

HELP YOUR CHILD BE DRUG FREE

It is important to know that drug use can affect any family and if you have any suspicions that your child may be using drugs it is important that you get advice and help.
 
Some of the things you may notice […]

Read More

Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood

 
Parents will find throughout this website a lot of articles and information from the USA.  This is because there is so much more available from the USA – but parents the world over have one thing at least in common  […]

Read More

What You Need to Know to talk with your teen about marijuana

 
THIS INFORMATION IS FROM AN AMERICAN SITE BUT IT IS VALUABLE FOR ANY PARENTS CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR TEENAGERS POSSIBLE DRUG USE.
 
INTRODUCTION
 
“When I was a kid…” doesn’t really work when talking with your kids about marijuana today. It’s a whole new […]

Read More
Post Image

PREVENTION DOES NOT START WHEN THE ABUSE IS ALREADY A FACT

 
Prevention starts before it becomes a reality!
 

 
Survey results show that we still have a long way to go in our efforts to prevent cannabis use and avoid the toll it can take on a young person’s life. Parents have an […]

Read More
Post Image

HELP – I THINK MY CHILD IS USING DRUGS

 
 
This section is for parents who have a drug using child  – either late teens or early adults.  The important thing to remember is that you are not alone – and that you need to get help, advice and support […]

Read More
Post Image

Tips for Parents

Read More

THE DANGERS OF ‘PHARMING PARTIES’

Many parents aren’t aware of the dangers of “pharming” parties and fail to talk to their teens about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs, according to a recent review article in the journal Contemporary Pediatrics.
 
While teens abusing prescription drugs is not a […]

Read More

Parental disapproval contributes to racial, ethnic differences in prescription drug misuse by teens

 
 
Parents’ attitudes toward substance use may help to explain observed racial/ethnic variations in prescription drug misuse among teens, reports a study in the May Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, the official journal of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral […]

Read More

PARENTS WARN AGAINST SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA AFTER 19-YEAR-OLD SON DIES

 
Parents of a 19-year-old California teen who recently died after smoking synthetic marijuana spoke to KTLA about trying to prevent similar deaths from happening in the future.
 
On July 11, Connor Eckhardt inhaled one hit of dried herbs that had been […]

Read More

SCATTERED MEMORIES (A POEM)

 
SCATTERED MEMORIES
 
I stand among the whispering trees
Stare unseeing at the fallen leaves..
Your voice echoes from so long before,
Before life closed you outside its door.
 
 
Your words, “It’s just a bit of puff
“I’ll stop when I have had enough.”
The leaves they rustle […]

Read More

STUDY SHOWS MOST TEENS NOT DRINKING, USING DRUGS

 
 
………According to Ivey, her organization and its partners have undergone a shift in messaging. The message used to be simple: Don’t do drugs. Now, Ivey said, the message is more focused on highlighting strategies that help students steer clear of […]

Read More
Post Image

Sunny’s Story: A Drug Prevention Book How to Save a Young Life From Drugs

 

 
Sunny’s Story by Ginger Katz is narrated through the eyes, ears and mind of Sunny, the family beagle.  The story tells of joyful times and sad times and  how a best friend was needlessly lost to  addiction.
 
 

 
Sunny’s Story
Written by Ginger Katz
CEO […]

Read More
Post Image

COLORADO Testimonies

COLORADO, TESTIMONIES –  I WISH WE HAD NEVER MOVED HERE…..
Born in Massachusetts, our son started out life with a very bright future.  As a toddler he was interested in things with wheels, and anything his big sister was doing. As he […]

Read More
Post Image

Advocates: Keep keen ear for prescription drug abuse lingo

Anti-abuse advocates are sounding the alarm on terms that young people are using as they try to disguise their abuse of prescription or over-the-counter drugs.
Sixty-six percent of people 12 and younger who abuse prescription drugs get them from family and […]

Read More

A message to parents

AN IMPORTANT  MESSAGE TO PARENTS…..
We have chosen many articles to put on our PIN website especially for parents.   Some of these articles come from other countries – Australia and America particularly.- – but parents there are just as concerned for […]

Read More
Post Image

9 Stories from 9 Inspiring Moms

This Mother’s Day we’re taking a moment to celebrate the power of stories. From lighthearted to loss and lots of places in between, we’re incredibly grateful for these nine mothers who are brave enough to share their journey with us.
Motherhood […]

Read More

Marijuana use during pregnancy associated with many risks, studies reveal

 
 
SPOKANE, Wash. – The release of more data on the effects of marijuana on a baby has led researchers to the conclusion that moms should think twice before using pot during and after pregnancy.
 
Many moms turn to marijuana for relief […]

Read More

The following sayings came to us from a Prevention Worker and are very pertinent to the situation around drugs.

 
 

If I am not home accepting the things I cannot change, I am out trying to change those things I cannot accept.
–Unknown

 

“Children see the drugs, but not the harm. Adults see the harm, but not the drugs.” Please help […]

Read More

It’s not your jeans that matter – it’s your genes

 
 
Regular marijuana users with a specific version of a particular gene, AKT1 have increased risk of psychosis.
You may know that smoking marijuana can pose risks for a person’s physical health and brain development, especially for teens. But did you know that, […]

Read More
Post Image

TIPS FOR PARENTS

 

Establish family rules that make the use of drugs non-negotiable.

Educate yourself about drugs so you can talk informatively with your children and answer their questions.

Since peer pressure is a major factor in teen drug use, know your children’s friends.

Talk with other […]

Read More

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO TALK WITH YOUR TEEN ABOUT MARIJUANA

 
 
THIS INFORMATION IS FROM AN AMERICAN SITE BUT IT IS VALUABLE FOR ANY PARENTS CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR TEENAGERS POSSIBLE DRUG USE. 
 
 
INTRODUCTION
 
“When I was a kid…” doesn’t really work when talking with your kids about marijuana today. It’s a whole […]

Read More

PARENTS AND CHILDREN ARE ENCOURAGED TO EDUCATE THEMSELVES

  PARENTS AND CHILDREN ARE ENCOURAGED TO EDUCATE THEMSELVES about the dangers of drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at:   *  www.JustThinkTwice.com   *  www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com   *  www.dea.gov.  
Read More

THE INFORMATION GIVEN CAN HELP TO EDUCATE PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS

 
The information given below can help to educate parents and caregivers to many of the most commonly used illegal drugs.  However it is important to realise that the substances that are the most frequently used by young teenagers are likely […]

Read More

A LETTER FROM A DRUG ADDICT – YOUR CHILD

 
I’m your Qualifier
 
I want to introduce myself to you; I’m your qualifier and the reason you’re here. You believe just because you gave me life and raised me that you know me…but you really don’t. I’d like to use this […]

Read More

HELP – I THINK MY CHILD IS USING DRUGS

 
 
This section is for parents who have a drug using child  – either late teens or early adults.  The important thing to remember is that you are not alone – and that you need to get help, advice and support […]

Read More

WANT TO KNOW IF YOUR KID IS DOING DRUGS?

 
 
Here are signs
 
If you overhear your child brag about robo-tripping, getting “crunk” or hanging out with Molly or Stacy, you are probably long overdue for a heart-to-heart talk.
 
Those are euphemisms for getting high or experimenting with hard drugs.
 
Experts say the […]

Read More

WHEN SHOULD YOU TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT ALCOHOL?

 
 
Before they turn 10, doctors say
 
Having the “booze talk” with kids before they take their first sip of alcohol is crucial, according to a report released Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
 
That moment comes earlier than adults might expect, the group said, meaning pediatricians […]

Read More
Post Image

THAT THC LACED CHOC BAR WHICH TERRIFIED MY SON

 
 
That Six-Serving Bar of Marijuana Chocolate? My Son Ate It
 

 
The candy bar Trish Reske’s son ate, in a similar wrapper. It’s a one-ounce bar, intended as six servings.
 
Just a week after leaving Boston for a summer internship in California, our 21-year-old son […]

Read More

YOU NEVER CAN TRUST YOUR BABY SITTERS

 
“You never can trust your baby sitters if you’re not alert about drugs.”
 
 
 
 
The following are excerpts from a talk given by Dr. Marsha Keith Schuchard, a parent and University of Texas Professor of English, on the topic of drug use in […]

Read More

WHAT PARENTS CAN DO ABOUT TEENS AND ADDICTION

 
By Gwenn Mascioli – Parent
 
Within the Tredyffrin/Easttown school community, at sporting events, on social media, at dinner tables and beyond… there are many (many) conversations about Chris Herren, a former college and NBA basketball player who lost his career to […]

Read More

TEEN REHAB CENTER CEO RELEASES TOP 4 FACTS PARENTS MUST KNOW ABOUT SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA

TEEN REHAB CENTER CEO RELEASES TOP 4 FACTS PARENTS MUST KNOW ABOUT SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA
 
Dallas, TX (PRWEB) September 16, 2014
 
With the variety of drugs passing through streets and schools today, it is difficult to know the details on each one. However, it is […]

Read More

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO PARENTS

 
 
We have chosen many articles to put on our PIN website especially for parents.   Some of these articles come from other countries – Australia and America particularly.- – but parents there are just as concerned for the welfare of their […]

Read More
Post Image

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

 
In the USA prescription drug abuse is rife amongst young people it seems that teens believe if pills have been prescribed legally by a doctor they must be harmless.  If a patient gives their pills to another person they could […]

Read More
Post Image

PARENTS OPPOSED TO POT

 

 
MARIJUANA VS. ALCOHOL
 
The marijuana lobbyists want to “mainstream” marijuana and call for its regulation to be like alcohol.  Let’s make it equal to alcohol, they say.   Why are they asking for addiction equality?
 
When they compare its illegal status to alcohol, […]

Read More

PARENTS NEED TO BE VERY AWARE

 
Parents need to be very aware of the amount of pro-drugs, especially marijuana (cannabis), messages on the internet.  Many young people use social networking and Twitter daily.  The following piece of research shows this.
 
Characterizing the Followers and Tweets of a […]

Read More

PARENTS HAZY ON CANNABIS FACTS

 
Coinciding with Drug Action Week 2014, a survey from the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NPIC) at UNSW has revealed that over 65 per cent of parents are foggy on the facts around cannabis use and its effects, despite […]

Read More

PARENTAL DISAPPROVAL CONTRIBUTES TO RACIAL, …

 
Parental disapproval contributes to racial, ethnic differences in prescription drug misuse by teens
 
Parents’ attitudes toward substance use may help to explain observed racial/ethnic variations in prescription drug misuse among teens, reports a study in the May Journal of Developmental & […]

Read More

3 WAYS TO ADDRESS TEENAGE MOTIVATION TO DRINK THAT DON’T INVOLVE SCARE TACTICS

 
When someone – including a teenager – gets treatment for alcohol and substance abuse, it is standard practice to identify some of the reasons why they started using and the benefits they feel they get from these substances.   This helps […]

Read More
Post Image

A BOOK ABOUT CANNABIS THAT ALL PARENTS SHOULD READ

 
 

 
This wonderful book tells much of the story about cannabis that we are not allowed to hear.
I strongly commend it to you all.  It does the neuroscience very well, and reviews much of the brain and neuroscience nicely and in […]

Read More

A DECADE IN PREVENTION

 
This article from a drug prevention worker in the USA emphasises what contributes to helping young people from choosing to use drug.
 
There are risk factors and protective factors that can contribute to drug and alcohol use and other risky behaviors […]

Read More

ALCOHOL SMOKING A NEW RISK TO YOUTH

 
 
Smoking alcohol is a dangerous practice for any one and may be even more risky for young people. An impressive body of medical research has established that the adolescent brain is not yet fully developed and is especially vulnerable to […]

Read More
Post Image

BOUNCING FORWARD, NOT BACK, TO A BRIGHT FUTURE

 

There is hope for even the most vulnerable of children
 
With the proper support, children can show incredible resilience, writes Jonathan Wood
The theme of this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week (8-14 February) is building “resilience”. It is a word much bandied […]

Read More

DO KIDS WHO SMOKE MARIJUANA GET LOWER SCHOOL GRADES?

 
The Possible Effects Of Weed On Cognitive Development
 
( Much of the information on this website comes from the USA  – this is because they have more research studies into the use and effects of illegal drugs .  However the results […]

Read More

DRUGS – SOME BRIEF GUIDANCE NOTES FOR PARENTS

 
 
What exactly is a Drug?
 
A drug is something which changes the way you think, feel, or act. Many drugs are developed for medical purposes but are misused by individuals for their own purposes – to ‘get high’ or to blot […]

Read More
Post Image

GRANDPARENTS ARE POWERFUL ALLIES IN PREVENTING TEEN DRUG USE

 
 

 
Grandparents adore their grandchildren – without judgment – and the grandchild adores them. This means that grandparents have a unique opportunity to approach the topic of drugs and alcohol with this generation, in a way that is unlike parents who […]

Read More
Post Image

DRUG USE IN CHILDREN

    The above graph clearly shows that when adolescents perceive marijuana to be less harmful the use goes up,  and of course vice versa.    Look especially at 1987 – 1993.
Read More

HELPING PARENTS PREVENT DRUG USE IN THEIR CHILDREN

 
 
The following article was in a newspaper in America – and it gives some very good information for parents who want to try to ensure that their children do not use drugs.
Few things have the power to derail young lives […]

Read More

LIKE PARENT, LIKE CHILD

 
Like parent, like child: the ‘vicious cycle’ of family smoking
 
Submitted by Livia Edegger on 20th May 2014 – 16:20
 
A new study found that children of smokers are not only more likely to take up smoking themselves, but are also at a higher risk […]

Read More
Post Image

6 WAYS TO HELP YOU REDUCE THE CHANCE THAT YOUR TEENAGE CHILD WILL …

 

Here are 6 ways to help you reduce the chance that your teenage child will drink, use drugs or engage in other risky behaviour.
 

Build a Warm & Supportive Relationship with Your Child
Be a Good Role Model When It Comes To […]

Read More
Post Image

OUR CHILDREN ARE SURROUNDED BY BOOKS

 
 
OUR CHILDREN ARE SURROUNDED BY BOOKS, magazines, fashion, television, movies, music and the ever present celebrities who extoll the virtues of pot. These factors, combined with the business of Big Marijuana, and pro-pot lobbying organizations that spend millions to sell […]

Read More

ARE YOUR KIDS USING DRUGS?

 
 
If given the option of making an arrest or helping a family deal with a child’s involvement with drugs and the wrong people, to Narcotics Officer Frank Martinez of the Hanford Police Department there is no real choice at all.
 
“Dennis, […]

Read More

AGE AT FIRST DRINK DECIDES ALCOHOL ADDICTION AMONG TEENS

 
An early onset of drinking is a risk factor for subsequent heavy drinking and negative outcomes among high school students, finds a new study.
 
Researchers asked 295 adolescent drinkers (163 females, 132 males) with an average age of 16 years to […]

Read More

A LETTER FROM A DRUG ADDICT – YOUR CHILD

 
I’m your Qualifier.
I want to introduce myself to you; I’m your qualifier and the reason you’re here. You believe just because you gave me life and raised me that you know me…but you really don’t. I’d like to use this […]

Read More