|| DukeMedNews || The Power of Knowledge about Drugs

Suggested lead: As you pack the kids off to school or college, you might want to include a book researched and written by a Duke University Medical Center physician. Tom Britt has more.

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Dr. Wilkie Wilson says he wrote the book Buzzed to provide parents and their children with the honest information they need to know about drugs. Let your kids know, he says, that a particular drug might actually make you feel very good for a short while, but that the longer-lasting effects are not worth it. Wilson says being honest with your kids will help them believe you when you discuss something like marijuana.

“Children see their peers using it everyday, and some of those people make straight A’s. So they come back to you and say, ‘How can it be that this person using this very, as you say, dangerous drug, can make straight A’s?’ Well, the truth is that you can’t do that for very long.”

Dr. Wilson says the more you as a parent know and understand about drugs, the better able you will be to answer your children’s questions. And the more confident you will be that they can withstand the peer pressure. But the most important lesson to give your children, he says, is respect for their bodies and brains. I’m Tom Britt.

Wilson says when it comes to illegal and harmful drugs, knowledge is power, for both the parent and the child.

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“We feel that it is so critical for everyone to understand the full implications of drug effects and drug use that the campaign really ought to be re-named ‘Just say k-n-o-w.'”