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article imageOp-Ed: Parents need to talk to their kids about legal drugs Special

By Savia D'cunha     May 19, 2012 in Health
A lot of parents might be surprised to know that the most popular drugs abused today are not marijuana, ecstasy, crack, or cocaine. They are prescription drugs.
A recent op-ed in The Globe and Mail, A national newspaper in Canada, said the war on drugs is failing in Canada. This consensus was gathered after The Summit of the Americas, where leaders, from North American and Latin American countries met.
In Latin America drug production is significant and drug cartels are big business. Police crackdowns on them often give rise to violence and bloody streets.
This has caused the Canadian government, to claim that stricter restrictions on drugs would be counterproductive.
The author Richard Pound, recommends parents need to talk to their teenage children about drugs.
Marc Paris, the executive director for a Drug Free Canada, says, “Any drug taken to enhance or modify behaviour is dangerous. Using legal medical to get high by crushing pills and snorting them can result in brain damage. “
A national survey showed that parental conversations with their kids about drugs lasted less than three minutes, even though most parents thought it was an important subject.
It’s obvious that parents are failing to connect with their kids on this issue. Drug Free Canada has a few suggestions for parents on how to deal with this subject.
1. Parents should educate themselves before they engage in conversation with their kids. Teens are more informed about drugs than their parents are. Parents will lose credibility if the teenagers feel their parents do not know what they are talking about. It’s important for parents to educate themselves on what drugs teenagers are taking today and what pressures they face in school.
2. Parents need to tell their kids that they understand the peer pressure that teens face everyday. This will make teenagers feel less judged and more ready to share.
The old adage, “prevention is better than cure” is true. A little information can help reduce drug consumption among teenagers. The Canadian government needs to invest in education programs on these issues. This would save Canada both money and lives.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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