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If you hear your teen telling a friend he’s craving brown sugar or Skittles, he may not be in search of something sweet to eat. It could be he’s actually looking to get high. In drug slang, brown sugar is heroin and Skittles refer to over-the-counter cough and cold medicines that contain dextromethorphan, or DXM.
How do you know if your child is taking drugs? Watch for these signs in your teen—or your children as young as 10 or 11:
And don’t assume a high-achieving child is immune to drug or alcohol problems. Often tremendous pressure to get top grades or do well in sports or other activities can lead kids to drug use.
One thing that can help is to keep up with the slang terms teens are using. The more you know, the more you can watch out for your kids’ safety.
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