Parents want the best for their kids and sometimes we worry about what our teenager is doing when we are not with them. Parents can’t be everywhere all the time, and we sometimes ask ourselves if we are doing everything we can to provide the best environment for teens to thrive . . . and be safe.
Oregon City teens routinely report* that one of the most common ways they get marijuana, alcohol, vape pens and prescription medication is from their home. Or from their friends’ and relatives’ homes. Securing these substances is one way all of us in the community can reduce opportunities for underage use.
At the same time, it is vital parents talk to their teens frequently about not using marijuana and alcohol. Age-appropriate conversations are beneficial beginning much earlier than the teen years. It’s not about having a one-time “drug talk,” but rather tackling the subject through frequent, organic conversations that evolve as our children get older.