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Boise Police Offer Drug Education

They say information is power, and when it comes to drugs, that must be true – because not knowing can be so devastating. Now, the Boise Police are offering several types of drug and alcohol education designed to inform the parents of teens and pre-teens.

The Idaho Statesman has a collection of links and reports, all on the subject of being aware and taking useful action. They make the point that young people who are abusing drugs (or even household products) are an ever moving target. The goal of taking risks and getting high might be the same as when their parents were young, but the means and the substances have changed radically.

Sure, alcohol is still around, but what about “Molly” or “Spice?” Even a parent who think they are savvy will find things they didn’t know about.

One of the surprising things is the age at which children should be monitored for signs of drug use. The police see use as young as ten or eleven years-old. Another new element is Idaho’s location between states that are more permissive about marijuana use – a short drive can land a resident in a state where pot is legal, either outright or for medical use.

Finally, the rise of prescription drug abuse is in Idaho as much as it is elsewhere. Kids know which pills in the medicine cabinet will get them high and when they don’t, they are willing to take risks to find out.

The article isn’t meant to scare, but to make parents aware of what’s going on in our schools and homes. As much as we’d prefer to think our children are little angels, nipping something in the bud is much better than losing a child to addiction or death. Read the piece; take the quiz. It’s likely you don’t know as much as you think you do.

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