How much do you think you know about teen drug use?
On today’s Indy Style, Rachelle Gardner, Chief Operating Officer, Hope Academy, and Rachel Beehler, Program Coordinator and an alum of Hope Academy, share a few things that are imperative for parents to know in protecting their kids.
About Hope Academy:
• Hope Academy is the only recovery high school in Indiana and is a tuition-free public charter high school. They help teens achieve a Core 40 diploma while learning to live a sober lifestyle. Rachelle Gardner can highlight the school and the work they are doing to help teens dealing with substance use issues.
• Fairbanks now offers a new program designed to offer hope, growth and healing in adolescent recovery where teens can get help in a safe and sober environment. The program is called Guiding Paths to Success, an alternative peer group program. Rachel Beeler is the new coordinator of this program and can highlight the peer-based, family centered program.
• Fairbank’s Adolescent Help Line – If you have questions about teen drug and alcohol use and/or want to talk confidentially with an adolescent specialist about available resources or to set up an appointment, you can call 317.691.7119, Monday through Friday, 8am to 4:30 pm.
Here’s a look at today’s quiz and answers, as presented by Hope Academy:
1. What is the most commonly abused drug in the U.S.?
(Answer: B. Alcohol)
2. What is “dabbing?”
a. The practice of dabbing LSD onto your skin to get high
b. Smoking oils (extracts) taken from the marijuana plant
c. Taking pills and crushing them to prepare for smoking
d. Borrowing someone else’s prescription
(Answer: B. Smoking marijuana extracts is sometimes called “dabbing,” and it has some doctors concerned. Marijuana extracts—concentrated oils from the marijuana plant (sometimes called “hash oil”)—are a lot stronger than dried marijuana.)
3. True or false: One-third of high school students have consumed alcohol in the last 30 days.
(Answer: True. 33% percent of high school students drank some amount of alcohol in the last month, and 18 % binge drank, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Excessive drinking is responsible for more than 4,300 youth deaths each year.)
4. Name three places to go for information and help with substance use.
(Answer: – Fairbanks, guidance counselor, Call the Helpline, support group, an older or more informed friend/brother/sister/parent)
5. What’s the best way to talk to your kid if you suspect they’re using?
a. Be direct and calm
b. Talk when your child is lucid
c. Ask open-ended questions
d. All of the above
(Answer: D. All of the above)
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