What is Considered a Drug?

What is considered a drug?

A drug can have two distinct definitions; a “chemical substance, especially one prescribed by a medical provider that is used in the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of a condition or disease. The second definition references the unlawful use of substances, “A chemical substance such as a narcotic or a hallucinogen that affects the central nervous system and is used recreationally for perceived desirable effects on personality, perception, or behavior”.

What are possible signs of drug use?    

  • Lying
  • Stealing
  • Mood Swings
  • Changes in friends
  • Staying in their room
  • Failing/dropping grades
  • Verbally/physically abusive
  • Has items used with drugs (paraphernalia)
  • Smells of drugs (inhalants, marijuana, solvent)

Ways to Safeguard your Child from Drugs:

  1. Talk often with your kids. Kids who learn a lot about the risks of alcohol and other drugs from their parents are up to 50% less likely to use.
  2. Be clear about your expectations. You can build trust with your child by having clear and consistent rules.
  3. Be a role model. Kids imitate adults.
  4. Be involved in your kid’s life.  Kids are less likely to use drugs when they have relationships with caring adults.
  5. Establish rules and follow through. Parents’ leniency is a bigger factor in teenage drug use than peer pressure.
  6. Encourage your child to work hard in school. Kids who perform well in school are less likely to become involved with alcohol and drugs.
  7. Support your child’s involvement in outside activities. Kids who pursue their interests and dreams are less likely to try alcohol and drugs.

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