What do you do if you suspect your kid is on drugs? A) Fry an egg in a pan and say, "This is your brain on drugs." B) Make him watch the E! True Hollywood Story of Lindsay Lohan. C) Attend a Time to Act Community Program. The first two won't win you Mom or Dad of the Year. But the third, sponsored by the Denver Office of Drug Strategy, is a good bet.
The Time to Act Community Programs are an offshoot of the Time to Act website, which is sponsored by The Partnership at Drugfree.org (the same folks who brought you those egg-frying commercials in the '80s). The classes are designed for parents who suspect, or know, their child is doing drugs or drinking alcohol -- or parents who worry their child might one day do those things. The program's message? Talk to your kids as soon as you think there might be a problem.
"Time to Act leads parents and caring adults through what do you do and how do you respond if you think your child is using drugs or if you know your child is using drugs?" says Vanessa Fenley, director of the Denver Office of Drug Strategy.
Thanks to a grant from the Daniels Fund, the program will be offered with the help of several organizations, including the Lowry Family Center, the Denver Human Services Fatherhood Initiative and the Colorado Alliance for Drug Endangered Children. Anyone is welcome to attend the one-time class, Fenley says.
If you can't make it to a class, check out the Time to Act website. It's easy to use and packed full of tips, infographics and videos. Not sure where to look for your kid's drug stash? This website will point you in the right direction. Nervous about starting the conversation? There's a video to talk you through it.
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It's bound to be more effective than frying an egg.
For more information on when and where the classes will be held, as well as statistics on drug use in Denver, contact the Denver Office of Drug Strategy.
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