Some Warning Signs You Can Look For:

  • Isolation
  • Change in sleep patterns
  • Random outbursts
  • Self-harm behaviors
  • Red glossy and dilated eyes (for marijuana)
  • Decrease of engagement in school
  • Change of behaviors

Some Tips I Have on Checking in With Your Child:

  • Get to know their friends
  • Lock up all medications at home
  • If prescribed medication by a physician, administer for them as prescribed
  • Never try to be the “cool parent.”
  • Stay involved in their lives
  • Go with your gut! It’s important to try to determine what’s going on if you get that feeling.
  • Talk to your kids about substances. You’d rather them learn from you then from other kids on the playground.

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