Move over Jason.

The frightening image of a hockey goalie mask wearing serial killer is out.

The image of a well dressed, average American drug dealing teen is in.

The scariest thing parents should be worrying about on these Friday the 13ths is what their teen may be using when it comes to illegal substances.

Teen drug use is up. This week in New York, an 18-year old died of an apparent Xanax related overdose. Toxicology reports won’t be ready for days. And at Northern Florida University, students there were arrested for using and possessing marijuana and ecstasy.

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The kids aren’t afraid anymore. They aren’t afraid of using. They aren’t afraid of buying and selling. Drugs are readily available on college, high school, and many times middle school campuses.

In this day and age, we need to worry less about the Boogeyman, and more about the “friend” of our children who is trying to hook them on drugs. He has traded in his hooded robe and sickle for a hoody and hash pipe.

When kids make the jump to alcohol and drugs, they typically do it with a close friend or relative. They get the feeling as if they are in a safe environment, with safe people. In their skewed logic, that makes the drugs safer.

But young people that have died from drug use weren’t necessarily junkies with bad grades, coming from bad homes. Most often, these victims are good kids that made bad choices. Many of these victims are strong academically, athletically, and socially. It takes one bad experience with drugs to take a life.

Kids don’t wait around for Halloween to get high, and their frequent and bold drug use could create more than just one Nightmare on Elm Street for their parents. Any Friday at all can be scary, as teens head out to party, gather, and loiter to drink and do drugs.

This is the time when parents need to be superheroes to their kids by talking to them about the dangers of drugs. These parents can also ask a lot of questions about friends, events, and whereabouts. Ultimately, the best super power available to these superhero parents can be a home drug test.

Don’t wait until it’s too late to see the warning signs. Catch experimentation before it becomes addiction.

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