Often times, parents struggle with effectively addressing drug use with their children. The subject can be quite touchy and a small misstep can lead to teens shutting down to good advice. Back in 2014, the Drug Policy Alliance created a booklet called “Safety First,” which provides parents and/or guardians with the tools needed to carefully and effectively discuss drug abuse with teenagers. “Safety First” reinforces the Drug Policy Alliance’s mission statement, which is to “envision a just society in which the use and regulation of drugs are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights, in which people are no longer punished for what they put into their own bodies but only for crimes committed against others, and in which the fears, prejudices and punitive prohibitions of today are no more.”
All in all, “Safety First” is a reality-based approach to safe drug education. At Kaya, we have many members who struggle with methods to approach their children with drug education. Marijuana has remained in the “grey area” of drugs, with some individuals viewing it as a harmful drug and others viewing it as a relieving medicine. It has increasingly become a popular medication for many different diseases and ailments in adults and children alike, so much so that parents are often turning to CBD-rich strains like Charlotte’s Web to help children suffering from grand-mal seizures. With safe marijuana use on the rise in California and many other states, it’s important for parents, guardians, and other role models alike to understand how to talk to their kids about safe drug use.
Of course, this may look and sound different in every household, but we think “Safety First” is a good place to start.
Check out the printable PDF below and visit drugpolicy.org to learn about different approaches to drug education: