It’s Friday night.
Teens across America are getting ready for Friday night favorites including, high school football, movies, hanging out at the mall-o-plaza, and trying drugs for the first time.
More than 6,000 kids try drugs for the first time every day.
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That’s nearly 20,000 new users by the end of the weekend, and that’s not counting alcohol use for the first time by teens and pre-teens.
That also doesn’t even take into consideration the people who try synthetics, because they are not classified as drugs by the FDA. So kids using spice or bath salts tonight are not among the 6,000.
Some kids will experiment with marijuana. It may be the first time they hold a joint in their hands, or put a bong to their lips.
Others think they will experiment safely with “legal medications” while attending a pharming party. That’s where kids bring unidentified pills and throw them in a bowl. Everyone reaches in and takes whatever they get.
Parents need to remember that this first time behaviors are not limited to Friday and Saturday nights.
The average number of kids who try drugs daily is 6,000. In the summer months that number nearly doubles to 11,000.
It’s time we all talk to our kids before they leave the house, and fully understand their plans for the evening. Sleepovers should be double checked.
And when our kids come home at their curfew, we need to engage them to make sure they are coherent and acting normally.
Kids hiding drug use won’t break their curfews because they know they will be questioned more than if they came home on time.
There are countless numbers of teens who come home early on a Friday and Saturday night and tell their parents that they were tired, and wanted to go to bed. Many of them were hiding the fact that they were under the influence.
Our children are precious, and we need to make sure that they stay safe every night of the week.
Don’t lose your teen to drug use.