We all play a part in preventing substance use. Below are ways you can be part of the solution.
Parents and caregivers
As a parent or caregiver, you play a vital role in influencing your child’s choices around the use of alcohol and other drugs. Research shows that children whose parents are involved in their lives – hold regular conversations, attend after-school events, and listen to their problems – are less likely to drink, smoke, or use illegal drugs. Your words and your example can make all the difference in your child’s life.
If you suspect your child is abusing drugs, you should talk to your child, a substance use counselor, and/or your child’s school counselor for confidential assistance. Consider contacting a community agency or treatment facility to perform a substance use disorder assessment.
Don't put off talking to your children about drugs. Follow these tips for communicating with your children about drugs.
Give Me a Reason Drug Prevention Initiative - Free Drug Testing Kits for Parents
The Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition has free kits for parents that include tips on talking to your kids about drugs and a free drug test to use if you suspect drug use. You can pickup a kit at our office. Contact us at 540-536-5000 to schedule a time to pickup a kit.
We can all help prevent the misuse of prescription drugs by:
- Using medications as prescribed - Set the example for your kids and don't share medications or take a drug without having a prescription for it from your doctor. The NSVSAC offers free pill bottle time caps that reset when the pill bottle is opened. To receive these time caps contact the NSVSAC at 540-536-5000.
- Locking up medications - Keep your prescription medications in a secure place, and count and monitor the number of pills you have. You can receive a free medication lock box by contacting the NSVSAC at 540-536-5000.
- Disposing of any unused or unwanted prescriptions. A list of drug take back locations can be found here. The NSVSAC offers free medication deactivation bags. To receive these bags please contact the NSVSAC at 540-536-5000.