Colchester Youth Services wants to remind parents that when it comes to talking to kids about drugs and alcohol, Silence Isn’t Golden. It’s Permission. It’s probably not just “going to come up,” but a conversation about the risks of drug use has to occur between you and your teen. And since you are the parent, it begins with you. Kids are tempted to use alcohol and drugs at much younger ages than you would like to believe. In fact, on average CT children start consuming alcohol at age 11 (2 years earlier than the national average).
The truth is that kids who learn a lot about the risks of drugs from their parents are up to 50 percent less likely to use drugs. Unfortunately, less than one third of teens actually do get their drug education from their parents and that needs to change.
Remember, You Matter! Parents are the most powerful influence on their teens when it comes to drug use. Not friends. Not school. You. And it’s up to you to be proactive and use that influence early and often. It’s a conversation that needs to happen so that your teenager knows where you stand on this critical issue.
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