|In a recent study
research revealed that 37% of teens said they learned about the
risks of drugs from their parents.
What substances are teens using most often Ontario
- 62% Alcohol
- 26% Marijuana
- 21% Prescription drugs
OSDHUS Report, 2007)
Prescription drugs – You must know
- Some prescription drugs are very addictive and
should never be used unless prescribed to you.
- Many teens report that they get prescription drugs from your medicine
cabinets. Parents should remove old/unused prescription drugs
and return them to your local pharmacy.
Understand why young people are using drugs?
- Peer pressure - Young people may give in to
pressures from other kids to try drugs. They may use a drug
to feel like part of the crowd, or to act grown-up.
- Pleasure - Some teenagers say they take drugs to
- Curiosity or Experimentation - At first,
teenagers may be tempted to try a drug to find out for
themselves what it is like. Usually people who use a drug
for this reason do not continue use for long periods of
- Boredom - If they lack outside activities and
interests after school, young people may want to try
something new and exciting. The 9:00 to 3:30 routine may be
as boring to children as the 9:00 to 5:00 routine is for
- Self-esteem - Young people, as well as adults,
often use drugs to try to feel more confident about
themselves. Drugs seem to make them feel more important and
- Coping with stress - Many young people have not
fully developed their problem-solving skills. Some of them
use drugs to help cope with problems at school, in the
family, and with social relationships.
- Escapism - Drugs appear to make things better
than they really are. Problems don't seem as real or
- Rebellion - Since most adults do not approve of
drug use among children, young people may use drugs to rebel
against parents or teachers.
- Mental illness - Drug use may be an indicator of
underlying mental illness
Health Canada Website, 2009)
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Time to talk provides easy to use guides and tips to help you
have ongoing conversations with your teens to keep them healthy
and drug free
Credible Substance Information Websites:
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Alberta Health Services –