The recent incidents of prescription drug buse by students has prompted the Marcellus Central School District to take action.
Monday night, Dec. 8, was one step in the process. A parent information night was held to discuss prescription drug use among teens and how to dispose of prescriptions properly, prevention and treatment options as well as the impact on college applications and athletics.
Trooper Percy Clark of the New York State Police spoke about the history of drug use among teens, including how teens abuse prescriptions. First, he familiarized the audience with slang used by students who are talking about drugs, and also gave parents the knowledge necessary to identify the drugs or drug use.
The number one place students get prescription drugs is at home, Clark said.
At home, he said, teens not only have access, but free access. He said it might not be your child either that has access, but also his or her friends. That's why, he said, it is important for parents to really think about where and how they store their family's medications X even things like cough syrup or Nyquil.
Clark also went into why a student might turn to drugs and the answer was stress, and the fact that parents are not clear with their teens on how they feel about drug and alcohol use in general. He also reminded parents they have the right to try to keep their teens safe.
(Parents) need to love their children, but trust them to a certain extent, Clark said.
In other words, ask questions, check up on them (including the internet browsing history), set rules, talk to other parents, and even, he said, spy on them.
I think I was 22 when I could finally talk on the phone without my father listening in on the other end, he said.