The Drug Store: Making Healthy Lifestyle Choices! Share +

The goal of the Drug Store Program is to engage our children to critically think about making positive, healthy lifestyle choices. The Drug Store is a dramatic, experiential program that takes students on a journey through the natural consequences of poor choices with regards to drugs and alcohol. More than 300 local sixth grade students from Coronado Middle School, Sacred Heart Parish School and Christ Church Day School go through this program. This community-wide event involves more than 100 volunteers including parents, DEA agents, police officers, EMTs, lawyers, judges, therapists, ministers, and more!

"Wow. I always knew drug and alcohol abuse were bad, but now I really realize that this is a bigger deal that I ever thought it was."

-2014 Student Drug Store Participant 

Click here for a CMS produced clip on the Drug Store

Click here for a great article from eCoronado on The Drug Store.

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Resources for Parents and Kids:

The Science of Drug Abuse & Addiction

The Science of Decision Making & Peer Pressure

How to Find a Treatment Center

Preventing Teen Abuse of Prescription Drugs

When Saying "NO" Isn't Enough

Top 8 Reasons Why Teens Try Alcohol & Drugs

What To Do When Your Think Your Kids Are Using

Pushing Pause: Shape Your Destiny Through Self-Control

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Transitions: The First Year of Middle School 

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A teenager who is ready to handle the pressure usually indicates a well thought out plan. For example:
"You know, Mom, if a kid wants me to try drugs, I'll tell him I like him and want to do things with him, but drugs really aren't my thing. And then I'll thank him and suggest something else we could do." for full article: Have a Plan for Dealing with Peer Pressure by Jim Fay click here

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You Can Save Your Child's Life

Tip 1: Teach your children that poor choices lead to unpleasant consequences.
Tip 2: Avoid power struggles over friendship choices.
Tip 3: Send positive messages about your child's ability to make wise choices.
Tip 4: Allow your child to use you as the "bad guy."
...give your children a way of saving face when their friends tempt them to make poor decisions. How? Say, "I know it can be hard to say ´no´ when your friends want you to do something that's wrong. You can blame us anytime by saying, 'Oh no. My parents are such dorks. Last time I did something like that they went ballistic. I'd better not.'" for full article: You Can Save Your Child's Life by Dr. Charles Fay click here


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Signs and Symptoms of Teen Drinking or Drug Use

  • Depression or withdrawal… secluded behavior… breaking family curfews and staying out or with friends you do not know
  • Carelessness in grooming or personal care
  • Hostility
  • Changes in friends
  • Negative changes in schoolwork, missing school or declining grades
  • Use of incense, room deodorant, or perfume to hide smoke or chemical odors
  • Smell of smoke or alcohol
  • Subtle changes in conversations with friends, e.g.; more secretive, using “coded” language
  • Change in clothing choices, clothes with symbols, new fascination with clothes that highlight drug use
  • Increase in borrowing money… money missing
  • Lying
  • Breaking the law
  • Evidence of drug paraphernalia such as pipes, rolling papers, etc.
  • Evidence of use of inhalant products (such as hairspray, nail polish, correction fluid, common household products) Rags and paper bags are often accessories
  • Bottles of eye drops to mask bloodshot eyes or dilated pupils
  • New use of breath mints to cover smell of alcohol or tobacco
  • Missing prescription drugs… especially narcotics or mood stabilizers
    For full article on Signs and Symptoms of Teen Drinking or Drug Use click here

For Drug Test Kits, please stop by the Coronado SAFE office at 1001 C Ave.