Recent Articles from the Falmouth Enterprise
There is more than one "right" way to be a good parent. Good parenting includes keeping your child safe, showing affection, listening, setting limits, spending time with your child monitoring your child's friendships and activities, and leading by example.
As a parent, you have the power to help your teens avoid alcohol. Talk with your teens about the risks of underage drinking and set clear expectations for behavior.
Every day, more than 2,500 teenagers use a prescription medication to get high for the first time. Most teens who abuse prescription drugs get them in the comfort of their home; it can be as easy as opening a cupboard, drawer, or medicine cabinet. As a parent there are steps you can take to help protect your kids from prescription drug abuse.
A major reason for the increase in heroin use among teens and young adults is the widespread misuse of prescription painkillers. When these are difficult to get, kids switch to heroin.
It is likely that the issue of legalizing marijuana for recreational use will be on the ballot in Massachusetts in 2016 and the topic continues to be a polarizing issue locally.
Although the vast majority of teens in Falmouth do not use illicit street drugs other than marijuana, recent surveys document a small but significant percent of kids are using molly (ecstasy), inhalants such as glue-sniffing, and hallucinogens such as LSD.
The best way for your teen or preteen to avoid the addiction and health problems of cigarettes and e-cigarettes is to never start smoking or vaping.