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Parents: these facts about substance abuse may surprise you

Don't ignore the elephant in the room. Be aware of what your kids are doing, and talk to your kids about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

Did you know this about marijuana...

  • Marijuana is 18 times stronger now than it was 20 years ago?

  • Marijuana can be odorless.

  • “Dabbing” isn’t just a dance move. It's the term used for vaping marijuana in a Juul or other vaping device. Learn the lingo to keep up with your kids.

  • Marijuana can be disguised in gummies and other edible foods.

  •  The Center on Addiction recently conducted a survey (not yet published) that asked more than 1,000 12- to 17-year-olds where they witnessed their peers engaged in substance use. The most frequent answer? On school property.

Did you know this about prescription drugs...

  • In addition to pain medicine, other commonly misused medicines include treatments for ADHD; sleeping disorders; anxiety,  and depression.  These drugs unfortunately are the target of theft by people who have access to the medicine cabinets of family and friends. You can make a difference with substance abuse by locking up your medicine cabinet and dispose of unused medicine

  • America’s 12- to 17-year-olds have made prescription drugs their number one substance of abuse, and much of the supply is coming from the medicine cabinets of their parents, grandparents and friends. 

It's all related

Substance abuse might start with Juuling or vaping, and then move to tobacco use, and then to marijuana use.

Similarly, substance abuse may start by stealing cold and allergy medicine or prescription pain medicines, and progress to opioid addiction, heroin or fentanyl use.

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