Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) September 06, 2012
Mary Rieser, Executive Director, Narconon Georgia and her staff spent the last few weeks of summer on a “Back to School” drug awareness campaign educating parents on childhood drug abuse and what to watch for. They have been featured on several radio shows speaking out about the signs of drug use and teaching parents how to keep their kids safe from prescription drug abuse. Narconon of Georgia staff has also distributed thousands of the “Truth About Drugs” pamphlets and videos to the community.
“School is frequently a place where kids learn about drugs from their friends and parents are often unsuspecting. Most parents I have spoken to have been surprised to learn the statistics of how young first time users can be. We want to give them that knowledge,” said Mary Rieser.
The average age for first time abusers of prescription drugs is 13 to 14. Most parents don’t expect their child could be exposed to drugs at such a young age and so are not looking for it. This makes the problem even more dangerous as it can go undetected for some time.
“The stats from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention are frightening. Every day in our country 1500 kids aged 12 to 17 try a prescription drug for the first time. Often they get it from a friend, who got it out of their parents’ medicine cabinet. Before anyone knows it, their child can get hooked. That’s why it is important that parents know there is a possibility their child will be introduced to drugs by a school friend. They need to know how to talk to their kids about drugs and how to recognize the signs of abuse,” says Rieser.
Families need to be cautious about their medicine cabinets and what is in them. Cabinets should be locked and unused medications brought to local law enforcement for proper disposal.
Rieser points out that common signs of drug abuse are changes in behavior, changes in schedules and changes in friends. Asking for small amounts of money here and there can also be a sign. Parents should not back off from their children on the issue of drugs, but rather tackle the issue head on. Studies show that regardless of all else, parents still have the most influence on their kids when it comes to using drugs.
Mary Rieser urges parents to request schools provide drug education saying, “Our voices need to be louder and clearer than the voices that push drugs on our children.”
Narconon Georgia provides free “Truth About Drugs” pamphlets and videos. Orders for these drug education materials can be placed by going to http://www.drugsno.com and completing a contact form.
About Narconon of Georgia
Narconon of Georgia, located in Atlanta, is a private non-profit agency that is licensed by the State of Georgia. The Narconon Drug Rehabilitation and Education program was founded in 1966 by William Benitez and uses the drug-free rehabilitation and social education methodology based on research developed by American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard. For over a decade, the Georgia center has provided Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation and Recovery Services to individuals throughout the nation that are dealing with alcohol and substance abuse. Additionally, they offer drug education and are involved in community outreach programs. Their motto is “Recovery is more than a dream...” For more information visit their website at http://www.drugsno.com or call toll-free 877-413-3073.