What Can I do?
- Dispose of old medications.
- Lock up your current medications.
- Count your pills.
- Talk to your child. There is no substitute for talking to your teen. Worried it won’t work? How do you know until you try? Get the conversation started. You may not have a heart to heart the first time. Your teen may not tell you everything or anything the first time. But you need to let your teen know that you care, your love her, and that you want to know how she is, and what you can do to help.
- Find out what your teen is doing. Where is s/he? If you suspect drug use, check up on your teen. See if s/he is where s/he says s/he is.
- Who is your teen with? Call other parents. Discuss your concerns or suspicions. Make sure gathering are chaperoned. If a friend’s parent seems uninvolved or not interested in keeping tabs on her child, reconsider whether you will allow your teen to hang out with that teen.
- Monitor your teen’s internet usage and phone. There are programs available to helpo parents track the sites her teen is using. Worried about invading her privacy? Do a balancing test. What is more important to you? Giving your teen privacy or keeping her safe?
- Periodically check her room and car.
- Use your resources. Talk to teachers, guidance counselors. Go see a trusted physician. Find resources in the community, including free substance abuse counseling, mental health counseling. Call a local minister. Enlist your teen’s friends and their parents.
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