Find out the truth behind
common drug and alcohol myths and misperceptions
Have you ever heard any of the following myths about drugs?
- My kid and his buddies having a beer on the weekends is no big deal.
- They’re just experimenting.
- The safest place for kids to drink is at home.
- I would know if my kids were using.
- Of course my kid has cash, a car, a credit card, a cell phone and a computer – so, what’s the big deal?
These drug myths aren’t just a case of bad information; they can be downright dangerous for the people who believe them. Passed off as common wisdom, these drugs myths justify, excuse or ignore bad behavior and leave the door open for teen substance abuse. Click the boxes above to view our rundown of the most common drug myths and to learn the truth behind them.
My kid and his buddies having a beer on the weekends in no big deal:
The Rule of Two: Experts call it The Rule of Two: Two friends, two beers, two nights of the week (usually Friday and Saturday). They also call it a recipe for disaster.
This combination can quickly lead to bad judgment and potential risk, and is the cause of many visits to the emergency room. Be aware of this and increase monitoring of your teen on weekends.
They are just experimenting:
Take it Seriously: Experimentation is not safe. Even first-time use can lead to serious accidents, injury, and death. All of the leading killers of teenagers are linked to alcohol and drug use.
The safest place for kids to drink is at home.
Another problem with drinking in high school.
It is a crime to give alcohol to a teenager. In most state, you are liable if anyone you allowed to drink is killed or injured. You are even liable if teens dink in your home while you aren’t there. The next time you think about offering a drink to someone underage, think about jail time.
I would know if my kids were using
Research shows that teens put a great deal of energy into concealing drug and alcohol use. From gum (to mask breath) to specially-bought container that look like ordinary household items (to conceal drugs), teenagers are a never-ending source of ingenuity when it comes to hiding drug use.
Of course my kid has cash, a car, credit card, cellphone, and computer –so?
These are five things most teens have often supplied by adults that they use to get drugs. They exchange information, make contacts, arrange meetings and purchases you name it! Take a closer look at the records of what your teen is using these items for. If they are using them for illegal activities, cut off their allowance and the physical item away.