Pubdate: Sat, 20 Apr 2002
Source: Austin Daily Herald, The (MN)
Copyright: 2002 Austin Daily Herald Inc
Bookmark: (Youth)


It is the responsibility of the community, the newspaper included, to make 
parents aware of the growing drug use by the youth in Mower County.

All too often, parents are caught up in everyday issues and don't get in 
touch with what's new in their children's lives.

The media, schools and law enforcement are trying to keep abreast of the 
drugs release information about the drugs that are produced here in an 
effort to keep parents informed.

But, they can't do it alone. It's time for us, as parents, to get 
uncomfortable and start talking to our kids about drugs, and be on the 
alert for warning signs that point toward drug use. Statistics have been 
released by the Department of Children, Families and Learning that say the 
reason children don't use drugs is because their parents object.

In order for that to be a deterrent, the parents must first voice those 
objections. The Mower County Public Health Department has information 
available to help parents identify the problem.
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