The chemical world is not what it used to be, and kids are now opting for Ritalin and Oxycontin to get high--medication that can be found in their own medicine cabinets. This means that while parents think they know what their kids are doing on Prom night, it is unlikely that they actually do. Even the most lavish food spread will be outshone by drugs at Prom.
There are a number of things that parents can do to guard against Prom drug abuse, starting with understanding what's out there and what can happen on that crucial night.
Teen Drug Use
Alcohol and marijuana remain the most popular drugs among American youth, but a number of substances are promising to overtake them shortly.
Prescription drugs like Oxy Contain and Percocet or Ritalin and Adder all are becoming increasingly popular among teens, especially since they are so widely available. Teens need only pilfer a few from their ADHD siblings or parents recovering from operations. These substances have a high rate of addiction and overdose, especially when mixed with alcohol.
The word is that they are a safer alternative to traditional drugs like marijuana and meth, but in fact they produce dangerous psychological effects such as hallucinations, panic attacks, violent behavior, and psychotic breaks. The most dangerous thing about these drugs is that they are so easy to get. They were legal until recently, and some stores still sell them behind the counter. It is not uncommon to find them in their shiny packages in a backpack and think nothing of it; they look like candy. Yet they have deadly consequences.
Secure Your Child against Drug Abuse
They may roll their eyes at you and give you a hard time, but do not give up on opening up communication about the subject. Let them know that you are learning just as much as they are. Ask him what he knows about the drug scene at school. Do research together. Help him weigh the consequences of drug abuse against his goals and future happiness.
Get Help from the School
Meet with your school administrators and find out what their drug and alcohol policies are for prom. Is the policy realistic? Is it fair? Do all students and parents know about the policy and are they prepared to ensure it is followed?
You have the right to demand that prom be a safe and drug-free environment for your child and his friends. Ensure that the school is promoting it as a drug-free night. When the night comes, stay connected with your kids and be prepared to help them as they are needed.