Our Spring 2016 Newsletter.
Drugged driving by youth.
As parents we sometimes think we’ve got all the bases covered by talking about drugs and driving with your kids.
However, 1 in 4 high school seniors have reported to have been a passenger in a car with a driver who’s drug impaired.
Be sure to have several conversations with your kids about driving and drugs (and alcohol!) AND the dangers of being a passenger with a driver who’s drug or alcohol impaired.
Illicit Fentanyl is a killer
Fentanyl is the most potent opioid available to treat chronic pain, though the pills showing up on the streets in Canada are made not by pharmaceutical drug companies, but by illicit dealers with no controls over dosage.
Known on the street as green beans, shady eighties and fake oxy, fentanyl can be lethal in small amounts. An overdose shuts off oxygen to the brain and heart, killing the user in minutes.
The number of deaths involving Fentanyl has risen in Canada. BC declared a state of emergency in April 2016 after 200 deaths due to Fentanyl overdose occurred in the first three months, and most provinces have seen an increase in deaths due to the the drug.
Worried that your child is taking drugs?
If you suspect that your child is using drugs – act immediately.You could save your child’s life.
“The biggest thing is not recognizing the problem when it’s staring you on the face.” Anonymous
Not every teen who experiments with drugs becomes addicted, but sometimes occasional recreational use of a drug can lead to something more serious, like abuse or addiction.
If your child is continually abusing drugs or has become addicted, he or she needs help. You, as the parent are in the best position get the help your child needs.
Want to know more about prescription drug abuse?
Did you Know?
More than 90% of people with a substance problem began smoking, drinking or using other drugs before the age of 18.
If we can prevent drug experimentation for as long as possible, the chances that our kids will live healthy and fulfilling lives are much greater.
We educate parents about the drugs teens use and abuse, encourage them to talk openly to kids about the dangers of these substances and empower them with knowledge and the tools help families lead healthy, drug free lives.
Please help us continue to make a difference in the lives of Canadian families.