May 24, 2016
Drug Abuse in Middle Schools
As a parent you hope that you raised your child right, educating them on the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. This is really all we can do as parents, are children are growing into young adults, starting to lead their own lives as we slowly lose the childhood control we once had. We hope for honesty from our child and always remind them of the important things in their young lives.
The First Encounter with Drugs
It comes as a surprise to many parents that their children first encountered drugs in middle school. This is a scary transitional period in a child’s life as they are leaving elementary school for middle school. Their environment changes, they are exposed to new social situations, have a larger group of peers and begin to experience physical changes along with adolescent stress.
You may feel confident that your child will not fall victim to peer pressures, however personal insecurities can make your child an easy target. Just like many other parents, you wish that you could protect your child from drugs and alcohol but today more and more middle school aged children begin experimenting with drugs and alcohol. As a parent the best thing that you can do is talk to your children, stay open and honest with them about drugs and alcohol.
Commonly Abused Drugs in Middle Schools
Marijuana, alcohol, cold medicines, and prescription drugs are the most commonly abused drugs in middle schools today. They tend to be easily available, raiding a parent’s liquor cabinet, medicine cabinets, and even finding other drugs from older siblings. Many middle school students feel comfortable experimenting with these substances because they are not illegal, but they are forgetting one important fact, they are not always safe. When talking to your children point this out to them, let them know that this will alert them mentally and physically which can put their safety at risk.
Keeping Open Communication
It is hard to say why middle school students experiment with drugs. To us they still seem like young children, but to them they are becoming adults and many seem to try to speed this transition up. It is important that no matter where your child is going to school or who their friends are, you need to keep open communication. Talking to you children about drugs and alcohol will give them the information needed to make the right choices in life, never let them feel afraid to tell you the truth if they do use drugs.