Empowering parents to talk to their kids about drugs and alcohol

A LOT OF KIDS IN THE PERMIAN BASIN ARE GETTING THEIR FIRST EXPERIENCE WITH DRUGS FROM THEIR PARENTS. THAT’S JUST ONE OF THE LESSONS FOR PARENTS FROM THE PERMIAN BASIN REGIONAL COUNCIL ON ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE. IT WAS AN HONOR TO SPEAK AT THE EVENT AND MEET COMMUNITY MEMEBERS THAT ARE HELPING THE GROUP GIVE PARENTS THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO HELP THEIR CHILDREN “LIVE ABOVE THE INFLUENCE.” IN THE PERMIAN BASIN, ACORDING TO THE DEA SAYS XANAX IS THE MAIN DRUG OF CHOICE AMONG STUDENTS OF ALL AGES. “WE ARE SEEING THAT ALL IN THIS REGION IN MIDDLE SCHOOLS AND WE ARE TALK ABOUT 11 YEAR OLDS. HEATHER MCMURRY WITH THE DEA IN EL PASO WANTS PARENTS TO KNOW IT’S IMPORTANT TO LOCK UP YOUR MEDICINE CABINETS. “A LOT OF TIMES THEY GET IT FROM THEIR PARENTS THEIR GRANDPARENTS, THEY WILL TAKE IT OUT OF THEIR DRUG CABINET. STUDIES SHOW MOST PEOPLE THAT START ABUSING DRUGS GET IT FROM FRIENDS AND FAMILY FOR FREE FIRST. ANOTHER DRUG THAT IS BEING ABUSED BY KIDS IN WEST TEXAS IS ALCOHOL. ACCORDING TO A REGIONAL TEXAS SURVEY, IN MIDLAND 356 HIGH SCHOOLERS REPORTED DRIVING DRUNK IN 2018. BUT THE PROBLEM IS WIDE- SPREAD ACROSS WEST TEXAS. “AFTER 10 P.M. ON 191… 7 IN 13 ARE IMPAIRED AND THAT MAKES ME A NERVOUS WRECK COMING HOME. HOW DO WE PREVENT KIDS FROM ABUSING DRUGS AND ALCOHOL? EXPERTS SAY IT STARTS WITH EDUCATION AT AN EARLY AGE AND PARENTS OR GUARDIANS CREATING OPEN COMMUNICATION. COMING HOME. HOW DO WE PREVENT KIDS FROM ABUSING DRUGS AND ALCOHOL? EXPERTS SAY IT STARTS WITH EDUCATION AT AN EARLY AGE AND PARENTS OR GUARDIANS CREATING OPEN COMMUNICATION. YOU’VE GOT TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THAT ON-GOING CONVERSATION BECAUSE TODAY’S SOCIETY IS A WHOLE LOT DIFFERENT. “YOU HAVE TO OPEN UP YOURSELF AS A PARENT, WITH WHAT YOU DID WHEN YOU WERE A KID AND MAYBE THAT WILL HELP WITH A CHILD KNOWING THAT MOM OR DAD DID THE SAME THING AND I NEED TO TELL THEM WHAT I AM GOING THROUGH TOO. “ALWAYS HELP THEM UNDERSTAND IF YOU ARE EVER IN THAT POSITION YOU CAN ALWAYS PICK UP THE PHONE AND CALL ME. “IF THEY DON’T OPEN UP TO THE PARENT, MAYBE THEY WILL OPEN UP TO A COUNSELOR. WE’VE GOT TO START SOMEWHERE IF WE DON’T START WHEN THEY ARE LITTLE, UNFORTUNATELY THEY MAY END OUT ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE FENCE AND THAT’S WHAT WE DON’T WANT TO HAPPEN. TWO TEENS WHO ATTENDED SHARE THE ADVICE THEY WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE FROM PARENTS “DON’T TAKE ANYTHING FROM OTHER PEOPLE, I DON’T KNOW NOTHING ABOUT.. BECAUSE I WOULD PUT MY LIFE IN DANGER. BE SUPPORTIVE AND ALWAYS ASKING QUESTIONS. FOR TEENS WHO COULDN’T MAKE THE EVENT 15 YEAR OLD ERNESTO ERANDA HAD SOME ADVICE FOR FOR TEENS WHO COULDN’T MAKE THE EVENT 15 YEAR OLD ERNESTO ERANDA HAD SOME ADVICE FOR THEM. TO BE HONEST YOU SHOULDN;T DO THEM, IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS ANYTHING YOU NEED TO GO TALK TO YOUR PARENTS IF YOU DON’T HAVE PARENTS TALK TO AN OLDER ADULT. I UNDERSTAND THE PAIN YOU GO THROUGH TO DO THAT, BUT IT’S NOT WORTH IT AT THE END. AMANDA FOR MORE INFORMATION ON STATISTICS, DETAILS ON THE DANGERS OF DRUGS AND ALCOHOL AND RESOURCES YOU CAN REACH OUT TO FOR HELP VISIT OUR WEBSITE YOUR BASIN DOT COM. AMANDA POLICE NEED YOUR HELP FINDING A BURGLARY SUSPECT IN ODESSA…

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