THE best way to talk to your kids about drugs is to start talking to them before an acquaintance tries to persuade them to try them.
From the time your child is old enough to talk you should from time to time casually mention how bad drugs are.
When you hear a report on the news or see it in a newspaper and drugs are concerned, mention it to your child. If you read an article about a teen that got caught with drugs, be frank.
Say: "It's a shame that the boy will now go to jail" or "It's too bad the child is in hospital and almost died from drugs".
If your child learns early that fire burns you they won't touch it.
You don't have to nag the kids. Just take every opportunity to give your opinion about why they shouldn't smoke, drink or do drugs.
Don't be a hypocrite. Don't talk to your children about drugs and alcohol and then sit gulping a few brews in front of them.
A child will learn to say what's expected of him in front of adults and then do the deed behind his parents' backs.
Since kids get confused very easily, talk to them early on about the difference between medicine prescribed by the doctor and drugs from the street.
Before your child is a teen chances are he'll be offered drugs. Make sure it is previously instilled in him that drugs will harm him.
Go through practice sessions with your child to role play what he might say if offered drugs or alcohol. Help him to come up with various ways to say "no".
If the drug user is a so-called friend of your child's he'll try and get him to use drugs too. - Essortment