Preventing Drug Abuse Before it Starts (Part II)-Why Children Get Involved with Drugs

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”’Editor’s Note: Part 1 of this article was posted yesterday. It discussed drug abuse statistics and some reasons for this epidemic. Below is Part II. It discusses prevention, warning signs, detection, taking action and solutions to drug abuse issues.”’



Given that curiosity, peer pressure and rebellion can trigger drug abuse, parents must provide their children with opportunities that foster self-esteem and self-respect, qualities that foster good decision-making and keep them out of harm’s way. This can include involving children in home and family life by assigning them responsibility such as household chores, showing interest in their homework, and eating meals together. Families should also enjoy recreational activities and outings.

Parents must always approve of where their children are and what they are doing. “Don’t assume that if you let your children go out with other kids without an adult supervising that they’re out of harm