Parents Struggle with “The Drug Talk” with Their Children
According to media reports, many parents are having a hard time talking about drugs with their children. With increasing usage of medical marijuana, parents can’t tell their children that pot is completely bad, and some parents even use marijuana for medicinal reasons while wanting to raise drug-free kids. Stephen Pasierb, the president of Partnership at Drugfree.org, said “Legalization and medical use of marijuana have ‘created a perception among kids that this is no big deal.’”
In many cities there are ads for medical marijuana. The billboards feature marijuana leaves and list the positive effects of pot. Some even entice with headlines like “You’re Pre-Approved.” Now, parents are increasingly finding themselves trying to explain to their children how pot could be bad. Many children or teenagers are aware that earlier generations used pot extensively, and may figure out that some parents have done marijuana in the past. Parents risk sounding like hypocrites in condemning the drug. The answer? Pasierb says parents can defuse the situation by having a “relaxed” discussion with their children.
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