January 24, 2014
Talk to children
Parents who think they don’t need to talk to their children about the dangers of drug use could be making a grave and unnecessary gamble.
That’s why Gov. John Kasich (last) week kicked off a statewide initiative that encourages parents to talk to their middle and high school-aged students about the importance of being drug-free.
And it’s no surprise that Ohio’s governor would want to implement such an initiative. Attorney General Mike DeWine says more than 600 heroin overdose deaths occurred in the state in 2012, a figure that was more than double from the number in 2010.
Last year, that number rose to 800.
Called Start Talking, the initiative is inspired by research that shows children are up to 50 percent less likely to use drugs when parents and adults talk with them about substance use and abuse.
The initiative brings together four programs designed to interact with parents, other adults and youth in different ways…
Drugs have already ruined so many people’s lives in Lawrence County. It’s time to step up education for the younger generations so they can make positive decisions when faced with difficult situations.
— The Ironton Tribune