So what do we do? We give them therapy and medication. In fact, over the past 15 years, the number of young people taking medication for anxiety or depression has doubled. Children and teens are more aware of mental health issues now than ever before.
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Drugs: What Parents Need to Know
Most parents do their best to raise their children to have happy, healthy and productive lives. If children develop substance abuse problems, it can hamper their development and keep them from living up to their full potential. Recent national surveys indicate that illegal drug use among teenagers has increased in the past few years, mainly because of a rise in marijuana use. Approximately 36 percent of high school seniors reported using marijuana in the past year. Parents are often concerned about whether their children will start or are already using drugs such as tobacco, alcohol, marijuana and others, including the abuse of prescription drugs. Research has shown the important role parents play in preventing their children from starting to use drugs.
Have We Forgotten the Secret to Raising Drug-Free Kids?
Opioids are legally prescribed pain medications as well as illegal drugs such as heroin and fentanyl. Both fatal and nonfatal overdoses are on the rise in Howard County. In this video being shared with parents at Howard County Public School System's back-to-school nights, HC DrugFree's Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi provides useful tips and information parents can use to keep families safe throughout the year. Educational programs designed with parents and youth in mind are scheduled throughout the school year. Topics include drinking and driving, prom and graduation safety, senior week in Ocean City, tips for parents on raising teens, and other subject matter related to alcohol and drug abuse.
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