National Prevention Week incorporates daily themes to focus on substance abuse topics and today, we will be talking about preventing illicit drug use and youth marijuana use. Did you know individuals between the ages of 12-25 years who use marijuana could potentially experience opioid misuse, heavy alcohol use, and major depressive episodes (SAMHSA 2019)? As we mentioned yesterday, frequent communication with our children is vital as it helps us develop and strengthen our relationships with our kids. Not talking to our kids about the risks of using illicit drugs still sends a messages to kids that using substances may not be harmful.
Parents and other supportive adults can significantly influence their kids’ decision to use illicit drugs and talking to them about the risks is a prevention strategy to prevent youth substance use. Not sure how to start the conversation? Watch SAMHSA’s quick video on how to start the conversation with your kid:
For more tips and resources, visit https://www.samhsa.gov/underage-drinking.