• SOURCE: Rosecrance Health Network

Teens And Substance Use



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ANCHOR LEAD: Do you know how to start a conversation with your teen about drugs? In the following story, Brian Osuch explains what your kids want you to do. (:60) SCRIPT: Newsbreak, I’m Brian Osuch. With social, academic and cultural pressures, being a teenager can be overwhelming, and stress can sometimes lead to dangerous behaviors, like substance use. Dr. Thomas Wright with Rosecrance, a leading substance use treatment center for teens … CUT: (Wright) It’s important for parents to understand that teens don’t want to become addicted to substances and want to live a healthy life. This is why they need – and want – their parents to give them guidance and support to help them navigate today’s complex environment. SCRIPT: Today’s complexity includes the legalization of marijuana in many parts of the country, which may send confusing messages to teens. Dr. Wright reminds that now is the time for parents to talk to their teens. CUT: (Wright) There is no safe level of substance use among teenagers, and substances can cause permanent damage. Parents should ask what their teens are doing, address the pressures they are facing, act immediately when they suspect their teen is in trouble, and advocate for help if their teen needs it. SCRIPT: For more information visit Rosecrance.org. That’s Newsbreak from Rosecrance. I’m Brian Osuch.
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