Drug use is part of everyday life, and sometimes we forget that products like cough syrup, over-the-counter and prescription pain medication, alcohol and tobacco are drugs. Our children learn about drugs in school, from other kids, on television, and on-line, but did you know that you are your children's most important teacher? Your words and actions help shape your kids ideas about alcohol and other drugs.
Follow this link to learn more from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) about how Drug Education Begins at Home.
Parents can give their children the tools to prepare for and respond to pressures and influences to use drugs. As a parent, you are a role model for your children, and you know your kids better than anyone else. You can encourage them to think critically and help them understand the importance of being careful about what they put into their bodies.
This booklet, Kids and Drugs: A Parent’s Guide to Prevention, from the Partnership for a Drug Free Canada provides many ideas for ways that you, as a parent, can make a difference.
Learn more about Mental Health and Addiction Services for Youth in Simcoe and Muskoka.
Are you or someone you care about struggling with a drug or alcohol problem?
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