What Parents Need to Know

Parenting is hard work! It can be overwhelming to think about all the things your child needs to learn to stay safe and healthy.  Keep in mind teachable moments come up all of the time.  Educate yourself first so it’s easier for you to talk with your son or daughter about how things like e-cigarettes, drugs, alcohol, etc. will impact their health for the rest of their life.

African American mother talking to her daughter.

E-Cigarettes, Vaping & Juuling

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), e-cigarettes are now the most commonly used form of tobacco by youth in the U.S.  E-cigarette devices typically contain nicotine, flavorings, and other additives that users inhale through the device.  Research has shown nicotine exposure during adolescence can cause addiction and can harm the developing brain.  Scientists are still learning more about how e-cigarettes can affect a person’s overall health; however, the CDC states there’s already enough evidence to justify efforts to prevent e-cigarette use.

CDC states e-cigarette devices are referred to by a variety of names including but not limited to: “e-cigs,” “e-hookahs,” “mods,” “vape pens,” “vapes,” and “tank systems.”  E-cigarettes can also be used to deliver other drugs besides nicotine, such as marijuana.  Some of the products on the e-cigarette market don’t look like cigarettes at all!

One device in particular, brand name Juul, looks like a USB flash drive.  Learn more about Juul and “juuling” below:

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Today’s Drugs & Tips for Parents

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose (including prescription & illicit). Watch this Look Up Indiana video series to educate yourself on the dangers of “today’s drugs” & how to talk with children & loved ones about drugs:

Click on this link to learn more about naloxone (brand name Narcan), opiates, opioids, addiction, cocaine, marijuana, meth, spice, and medication assisted treatment (MAT).  This video series is courtesy of Look Up Indiana and The Lutheran Foundation.

Common Hiding Spots for Drugs
& Drug Paraphernalia

Fort Wayne Police Department’s Cpt. Kevin Hunter with the Vice and Narcotics Division shares tips on common hiding spots for drugs and drug paraphernalia.  Click on the image below to watch the short
8 minute video.

common hiding spots

Other Important Public Health Resources

Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health (DOH)