Drug Information for Parents

 

The following are the most common pschhotropic drugs being used by young people today:

 

 

Street Name

Category

Effects

Ketamine

Special K, Kit Kat

Stimulant

Slurred speech, hallucination, numbness, inability to move

Ecstasy

E, Adam, XTC

Stimulant

Muscle convulsion, teeth clenching, chills, sweats

Methamphetamine

Ice

Stimulant

Talkativeness, agitation, sweating, panic, confusion

Cannabis

Weed, pot, maryjane

All

Red eyes, dilated pupils, laugh easily, reduced concentration, confusion

Cocaine

Coke, snow, blow, coco

Stimulant

Talkativeness, anxiety, feeling of persecution, tremors, twitches

 

Talking to your child about tough issues:

Talking to your teen about tough issues such as drugs or relationships can be tricky.  Parents can follow the A-P-P-R-O-A-C-H method to make the conversation go as smoothly as possible: 

Attitudes that are positive will help to build your son or daughter’s self-esteem, which will also increase their ability to refuse peer pressure.

Pick a good time to bring up the drugs topic, such as when you’re both watching a TV show containing drug themes. Other good opportunities are when it’s just the two of you in the car together, or when you’re both doing something relaxing.  

Prepare to listen to things that may shock you and try to be non-judgmental, supportive and empathetic.

Resources are available to help you, so please don't hesitate to access them and seek professional help.  You may also e-mail us anonymously at contact@kely.org.

Open the lines of communication and be an effective listener, by carefully identifying, exploring and clarifying your son or daughter’s experience with drugs and any drug-related problems they may have. This can be achieved by:

  • Carefully identifying, exploring and clarifying the problem and unused opportunities for improvement (such as seeking professional help and support available).
  • Help your teen set realistic objectives to complete recovery and make sure they stick to the plans.  However, be prepared to be challenged.
  • Develop action plans based on objectives by exploring different strategies for getting from current scenarios to ideal objectives. 

Ask your son or daughter how they feel about drugs or any other issues of concern.

Communicate your expectations - and make sure these expectations are reasonable.

Honesty about your feelings, without conferring blame or guilt, will help your son or daughter understand where you’re coming from. 

 
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