Facts Parents Should Know
Facts for Parents
Facts and Myths
Be Safe & Drug-free
Confidential Voice Mail: 365-8043
Patrick Henry, Liberty,
Hanover High, and Oak Knoll
more information on Growing Up Drug-Free, contact the
Department of Education at 1-877-4EDPUBS or call
Majken Whitaker (730-2503) or Kierstin Montaño (365-8043), Hanover County
Public Schools Intervention Counselors.
PARENT SHOULD KNOW
rarely try cocaine, heroin, or any of the other “hard” drugs without first using alcohol, tobacco, and
marijuana is 6-14 times stronger than the marijuana used in the in
teens are most likely to use and abuse are alcohol and tobacco.
three students in grade 4 feels “some” to “a lot of pressure” to
use alcohol. One in four feels pressure to try marijuana, crack and
average age of the first use of alcohol is 12.
percentage of 6th graders who have used drugs has tripled in
the last decade.
leading cause of death among young people is drunk driving. The second
leading cause is suicide.
can become addicted to alcohol in only 6-18 months. For adults it takes
age children who have learning or behavioral problems that go unresolved
are at a statistically greater risk for alcohol/drug problems later on.
of alcoholics have a four to ten times greater risk of becoming
alcoholics than children of non-alcoholics.
of all children will be classified as serious substance abusers before
they reach adulthood.
YOUNG PEOPLE ARE ESPECIALLY
SENSITIVE AND SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE CHEMICALS IN DRUGS.
EXPERIMENTATION WITH DRUGS/ALCOHOL MAY PROGRESS FROM CASUAL USE, TO
HEAVIER USE, AND FINALLY TO DEPENDENCY.
be mislead by:
only tried it once.”
not mine- I was just holding it for a friend.”
is doing it.”
only a little beer”.
ahead and drug test me. I’m clean. Don’t you trust me?”
and again, kids say their parents are the single most important
influence when it comes to drugs. So this message needs to start
to hear how risky drug use can be.
to know how damaging it can be to their lives.
need to begin by listening to someone they trust.
Our Mission: Hanover County
School Counselors provide all students educational services, in
collaboration with parents, school and the community, that foster
academic, career and social/emotional growth toward lifelong success
and effective, responsible citizenship for a diverse and changing