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Drugs and Your Kids




Drugs and Your Kids: Learning to Recognize the Signs

The drug culture is constantly changing.Through this educational video, the Department of Public Safety hopes to help parents recognize the signs of drug use by teens. The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) and Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) would like to thank the Washington County Sheriff’s Office for their participation in this video.


Video Description: As the drug culture changes, parents need to be aware of new products and drug paraphernalia making their
way into the hands of teens. With the school year in full swing, many teens will be tempted by peer pressure to try drugs.




Drug Use Signs

  • Change in friends
  • Increased aggression or irritability
  • Changes in attitude/personality
  • Sudden changes in a social network
  • Dramatic changes in habits and/or priorities.
  • Financial problems


Prescription Drug Drop-Off Program

Properly disposing expired or unused prescription pills can help prevent theft and abuse of drugs. For information on free drop-off pill disposal locations in your area, contact local law enforcement.


What Do I Do?

  • Talk to your teen
  • Contact school resource officer or councilor
  • Contact local treatment facility
  • Contact place or worship
  • Contact local law enforcement

Parents have difficult decisions to make and there are no easy answers on the direction to go when concerned about teen drug use. Parents need to make their own personal choices on the best resources to help their family.