Drugs and Alcohol

From casual use of marijuana to the heroin and opioid epidemic and prescription drug abuse, parents have a lot to worry about. Substance abuse can alter your child’s personality and brain chemistry and can derail their future. You might be wondering: How do I know if my child is using drugs? How do I talk to my teen about heroin? How can I help my child overcome prescription drug abuse?

These videos offer parental support and information on topics such as how to recognize the signs of substance abuse, how to handle heroin or opioid use, how to keep your child from abusing prescription drugs, what to say to your child who thinks marijuana is “no big deal”, and other ways in which you can help your child grow up with a healthy attitude toward drugs and alcohol.

How Do I Identify the Pills I Found in my Child’s Room?

Chief Bob Marshall
Naperville Police Department
First Step Program – DuPage County

This is a question the Naperville Police Department fields frequently. Two options immediately come to mind:

1. The first option is to confront your child and ask your child: Where did you get these pills, who did you get them from, and do you know what these pills are for?

2. The second option is a program that’s available through DuPage County, through their Crime Lab. It’s called the First Step Program. The Program allows parents to anonymously call the DuPage County Crime Lab and give a description of the item the parent is questioning whether it be pills, a powdery substance, or a leafy substance. What happens then is that the Crime Lab will provide direction to the parents and they don’t need to leave their name, address or number. The Crime Lab will analyze that material and communicate the contents directly to the parents. We are assured that there are no legal ramifications for calling the Crime Lab and asking them to identify that substance.

Those are two options that are available to parents in DuPage County and specifically the Naperville community if they come across some pills or substances in their child’s room or in their child’s possession and they may not know exactly what it is.