When one thinks of drugs and kids they usually think about their teenage children and the dangers they could be facing. But it is not just our teenage children who needs our worry. Children as young as nine years old are experimenting with drugs. And as parents our first means of combat is knowledge. We all need to become smart and knowledgeable about drugs.
First of all we need to know how children are hiding their drugs. The children of today are way sophisticated than past generations. Unfortunately, this intelligence makes it harder for parents find the hidden drugs.
There are dozens of ways for children to get their hands on what is called “stash gear”. Stash gear is products that are made to hide drugs out in the open. Some examples of this gear is: brand name soda cans that looks normal to the untrained eye but is actually built to hide drugs, highlighters that actually write yet the other tip holds a pipe for marijuana smoking and lipsticks built in the same way.
Your children can get these items on the internet. The government is trying to shut down these sites. But when one is taken off the net, another will just as easily reappear.
But not all stash gear is bought. Some of it is designed or rather redesigned by your children. Candy wrappers are opened with a very small hole, the candy is taken out of the bag and replaced with drugs and then they reseal the wrapper with glue. Everyday writing pens and tire gauges are used for marijuana pipes, as well.
Besides watching the items in your house, you need to listen to the conversations your children are having with other children. As every generation knows, slang changes. The terms they are using now are not the terminology we heard at their age. We need to keep up with some of the latest phrases.
Some of them for Marijuana is: number, M.J, Mary and Johnny, matchbox (which means 1/4 of an ounce of marijuana). Cocaine slang: Number 3, Mayo and mosquito. Crack slang: nuggets, mist and rooster.
Of course, the slang can be different according to where the children live. The thing to do is to listen and if their conversation isn’t really making sense, start listening and paying attention even more.
There are a few signs you can watch for in your children as well, that can indicate that there is a problem, possibly even a drug problem.
1. Your child is suddenly hanging out with a different group of friends.
2. Eating and sleeping habits have changed, any complaints of nausea.
3. Depression or social withdrawal or anxiety
4. Lost of interest in favorite activities
6. Irregular school attendance
7. Drop in grades
8. Careless about grooming
9. Are any of your medications, such as pain relievers or antidepressants disappearing?
Keep up with their number count.
10. Have you noticed any missing money
11. The presence of usual objects like eyedroppers, lighters, matches in your child’s
If you think your child has a problem. First talk to him/her. You don’t want to accuse him/her unless you are 100 percent sure that he/she is using drugs. If you find hard evidence or your child tells you that he/she is experimenting. Take action immediately. Get your child professional help. But first give your child a hug and tell him/her you love him/her. You want this to stop because you don’t want him/her to get hurt or worse to die. Then be there for your child.
If you are just reading this to educate yourself, pat yourself on the back. And then if you have never had the drug talk with your children, do so ASAP. Don’t just talk once, bring it up off and on, so your child doesn’t forget.
By paying attention to your child now and staying inform, you may keep your child from danger in the future.