Every day it seems that we hear about kids using a new drug with names like K2 or Spice (synthetic marijuana) or Bath Salts, a synthetic, stimulant powder product that contains amphetamine-like chemicals, and runs a high risk for overdose. Although the drugs change over time, alcohol is still the most widely used substance among teens in America, followed by tobacco, marijuana and another dangerous trend: the non-medical use of prescription drugs.
While ongoing news on drug trends may be discouraging, take heart information is power. Two-thirds of kids share that losing their parents’ respect and pride is one of the main reasons they don’t smoke marijuana or use other drugs. Parental influence is one of the most powerful protective factors in preventing youth substance use … that’s the good news and parents need to understand that communication, and choices and consequences are all effective strategies for building strong relationships with their children. Even with all the conflicting information, we know that informed, involved parents are able to guide good choices and promote healthy behaviors in their children.
Lisa Fockler has 27 years of experience in the field of public health education and substance abuse prevention. In 2013 she launched, Remedy Exchange, a licensed substance abuse prevention program designed to positively impact individuals, families and communities through evidence-based strategies. Remedy Exchange offers a variety of prevention education programs including Prime for Life – a brief intervention program for DUI and MIP offenders, Mental Health First Aid trainings, and the Nurturing Program for Families in Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery. Lisa is also the Coordinator for the Genesee County Prevention Coalition. Prior to starting her own business she was the Coordinator for three Teen Health Centers and worked for the Oakland County Health Division – Office of Substance Abuse Services for 21 years. In her current and past positions she has served on many local and state prevention planning initiatives including the Strategic Prevention Framework-State Incentive Grant – a system approach to planning, implementing, and evaluating prevention services. Lisa is also a Consultant with the Southeastern Michigan Health Association – Center for Population Health, specializing in the areas of facilitating Needs Assessment and Strategic Planning projects using the Strategic Prevention Framework and Technology of Participation methods.