Throughout this decade, the number of kids using and abusing drugs and alcohol continues to rise -- in the suburbs as well as the cities, and in an increasingly younger population. Based on the latest research, statistics, and trends about all kinds of drugs -- including tobacco -- this handbook will help today's parents handle the frightening and confusing realities of drug use among young people.
This guide, for parents of children from preadolescence to early adulthood, shows readers who suspect their kids -- or their friends -- are using drugs what to look for, and how to remain alert while respecting their children's privacy. In an authoritative yet comforting and matter-of-fact tone, it offers strategies for dealing with the problem if there is one, and includes information about legal issues, tips on effective communication, and advice on finding help and treatment. A drug glossary, recommended reading materials, and a list of nationwide resources and hotlines round out this comprehensive and indispensable guide.