Algoma Public Health
- Information for parents
Information for parents
Many teens will experiment with drugs for many reasons. It is important to note that this is not a reflection of you or your parenting. Taking steps to ensure your child’s safety is important. Stay informed about drugs, and talk to your teen – open communication can make a big difference in preventing drug use
- Start early and answer the questions about drugs before they are asked.
- Take every opportunity to talk about drug use. • Plan what you want to say – avoid “winging it”.
- Respect your teen and listen to their opinion. Youth are more likely to listen and trust your opinion when their opinions are heard.
- Focus on the FACTS, not your emotions.
- Do not be judgmental.
- Allow them to be independent and make their own decisions, but equip them with the information and the tools that they need
- Emphasize that you are concerned for their well-being.
Safe Medication Storage
Did you know that in 2016, 1 in 10 students in Ontario in grade 7-12 reported using a prescription opioid that was not prescribed to them? 55% of this group reported obtaining the medications from a parent or sibling.
- Keep all medications in a locked and secure location.
- When you are finished a prescription, do not keep the medication “just in case you might need it again” – return all unused medication to your local pharmacy.
- Check your medication regularly. Be on the lookout for missing medication.
- Talk with your teen about the dangers of using medication that isn’t prescribed to you