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 Will School Respond to Parent Reporting Child’s Suspected Drug Use?

Sarah Heinkel, MSW
Social Worker, Class of 2014
Neuqua Valley High School

630.428.6036
Sarah_Heinkel@ipsd.org

How Will School Respond to Parent Reporting Child’s Suspected Drug Use?

• We encourage you to contact your school social worker or guidance counselor with questions or concerns regarding your student.
• Information will be kept confidential and will not be shared with teachers or other faculty.
• We will work to provide you with referrals to community providers and resources that can help support your family and student.
• There are many places in the community you can go to get a free evaluation if you are concerned your child may be experimenting with drugs.
• We will meet with your student and support him/her as appropriate in the school setting.

DISCLAIMER:
Conversations with experts are intended for general information only, and are not meant to provide specific advice, diagnosis, and does not constitute professional care. If this is an emergency, please dial 911 immediately.