Conversations can be a powerful tool parents can use to connect with and protect kids. When tackling tough topics, especially those about drugs and alcohol, figuring out what to say can be challenging.
Here are some conversation starters:
Scenario: You find out that kids are selling prescription drugs at your child’s school. Your child hasn’t mentioned it.
What to say: I heard there are kids selling pills at school – prescription medicine that either they are taking or someone in their family takes. Have you heard about kids doing this?
Scenario: Your teen has started to hang out with kids you don’t know and dropped his old friends.
What to say: It seems like you are hanging out with a different crowd. Is there something up with your usual friends or are you just meeting some new kids? What are your new friends like? What do they like to do? What do you like about them?
Scenario: Your child tells you he was offered prescription medicine by a classmate – but said no.
What to say: Praise your child for making a good choice and telling you about it. Let him know that he can always blame you to get out of a bad situation. If you’re ever offered drugs or someone else’s medicine at school, tell that person, “My mother would kill me if I took that and then she wouldn’t let me play baseball.” You’ll want to follow-up with the other parent and/or school.
Visit Medicine Abuse Partners for more conversation starters for any age.
Dispose of Old or Unused Medication Properly:
Operation Medicine Cabinet™ (OMC)
An Oakland County Sheriﬀ ’s Oﬃce program, which partners with other law enforcement agencies, provides locations where citizens can properly dispose of expired and/or unused prescription drugs anonymously.
Parent Talk Kit
Tips for Talking and What to Say to Prevent Drug and Alcohol Abuse
You’re in Control
Using Prescription Medicine Responsibly
A Parent’s Guide to the Legal Drugs Kids are Using and Abusing