Drug IQ: Would you know if your child were using drugs?

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by Kaley O'Kelley

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Posted on May 24, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Updated Thursday, May 24 at 2:35 PM

PHOENIX -- Research has shown young people who consistently learn about the risks of experimenting with drugs and alcohol from their parents are half as likely to ever try them.

But studies also haveo shown, just three in 10 teenagers report learning about this stuff from their parents.

Would you know if your child were using drugs?

Shelly Mowrey from DrugFreeAZ.org shares this easy quiz to help parents learn more about kids these days.

Some of the answers may also help to reveal a few possible warning signs. You also can take DrugFreeAZ.org's interactive quiz.

Good luck.
 
1. Madonna received criticism for a comment she made to a music audience about "Molly" and it's connection to her new album title MDNA.  These two references are closely tied to which drug?

a. Cocaine
b. Ecstasy
c. Bath Salts
d. Meth

2. If you see "Blue Boogers" in a text message to your child it could be related to this drug.
a. Adderall
b. Cocaine
c. Heroin
d. Synthetic Drugs

3. What's the number one reason kids give for not using drugs?
a. I don't want to get arrested
b. I don't want to disappoint my parents
c. I don't want to mess up my chances of getting a good job
d. I don't want to hurt my body

4. Two girls from the Valley recently had bad reactions to Spice.
Do you know what spice is?
a. Marijuana laced with oregano
b. Synthetic meth
c. Cinnamon used to get high
d. Synthetic marijuana

Answers.
1. B  Madonna recently received criticism about asking a concert audience, "How Many People in this crowd have seen Molly?" Molly is a term which also refers to ecstasy. The title of her new album MDNA is one letter off of the chemical name for ecstasy (MDMA).

2. A  Adderall - Because the 10 mg tablet is blue and "blue boogers" refers to snorting the drug, which is commonly used for treating those living with ADHD.

3. B  I don't want to disappoint my parent.

4. D  Synthetic marijuana. About 10 percent of kids who were asked, report using synthetic marijuana to get high.

Mowrey stresses the importance of talking with young people about drugs.

When kids don't feel comfortable sharing information with their parents, it's likely they'll look for answers somewhere else, she said.
 
Educated parents who stick to the facts with their kids can help correct any misconceptions.

Mowrey suggests starting the conversation as early as the preteen years. She says establishing a dialog now  may help keep the door open because when young people hit their teenage years, many are less inclined to share their feelings openly.

Start conversations with older kids by asking what they think about drugs in a nonjudgmental, open-ended way, and as long you keep the tone of these discussions calm, it's likely you'll get an honest response.

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