I don’t mean to be a Debbie Downer about your plans to educate your children into not doing drugs, but someone has to tell you the cold hard facts; Telling your kids that drugs are bad doesn’t keep your kids from doing drugs. A recent study of young Swiss men actually showed the opposite. As it turns out, the more they reported they knew about the drugs they consumed the more they tended to use.
Many of you will remember the commercials from childhood where they showed the egg followed by the egg in a frying pan. “This is your brain. This is your brain on drugs.” Anytime I hear someone talk about drugs that’s the first thing that springs to mind. Then I giggle and follow it with, “I LEARNED IT BY WATCHING YOU!”
Truth be told, I learned it by watching a few other people and they looked like they were having so much fun! It’s really hard to say no when the commercials are laughable, the education is dry, and the people lecturing you look like they’ve never experienced more than the wicked buzz you get from a strong cup of coffee. To this day when someone tells me to “just say no” I imagine Nancy Reagan lighting up a fatty and mowing down a bag of Doritos.
Now this is not to say that there are not ways of showing your child that drugs are bad for you. Scaring them with the medical stuff might not work, but here are a some totally awesome ways to discourage your kids from doing drugs:
1. Len Bias, Bubba Smith, Derek Boogaard, Harold Hunter- Pick a sport. If your child is a sports fan there is a really good chance you can find an athlete that died because of an overdose.
2. Show your child this article- One Bad Trip: Man Eats Mushrooms, Rips Off Penis I am fairly certain that after I shared this article with my son there is no way in hell he will take hallucinogenic drugs. “Ya know what happens when you take shrooms or drop acid? You rip off your penis. I’m not lying. Check it out. Mommy loves you.”
3. Crazy uncle or aunt whoever- A lot of people have a relative that is a perfect cautionary tale for not doing drugs. If you can’t find one your child can observe there are usually others in your community that you can point out. “Do you see how her face is all sunken and her teeth are rotted out? That’s because she did meth ONE TIME.”
4. Basketball Diaries and Less Than Zero- These are classic tales of what happens when you do drugs. Just venturing a guess here, but I don’t think most people think the first time they try drugs that they might end up feeding that beast by performing oral sex on strangers.
5. Meth photos- If you’ve not seen them they are definitely worth a look. Seeing the before and after shots of meth addicts is the stuff nightmares are made of. The difference in many is seen in less than a year.
I am not always a proponent of scaring the crap out of kids, but… okay I usually am. Your kids are going to get the low down on the medical facts in school. They will get the fun facts from other kids at that same school. It really is your job to give them the cold, hard, nasty, disgusting, scary, you’ll probably die details. If nothing else it will ruin their trip and they won’t want to do it again.