Warning signs of prescription drug abuse

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Warning signs of prescription drug abuse

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One of the things that parents should be aware of is that many kids are having access to drugs that they shouldn't be taking. The parents are unaware that these are the prescription drugs that are coming from your home or your relatives homes. Parents need to be aware that prescription drugs in your home need to be protected, so there isn't a possibility of your child taking the drug. The key indicators with your kid are just basic ideas of gut feeling. Something is not right. His grades are down, his attitude has changed, he's staying up late, he's acting kind of funny. Now that doesn't necessarily mean your child is on drugs. It just means that there is a problem. You really have to ask the hard questions. Make it a conversation, not a confrontation. That is a much better way to keep the lines of communication open.

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Lt. Joe Laramie

Former Police Lieutenant

In 2012 Lt. Joe Laramie (retired) formed Laramie Consulting, where he provides strategies and solutions for law enforcement and schools to address policy and training on a variety of technology and child exploration issues. He has 30 years of experience in the area of child protection, was certified Police Juvenile Specialist and taught D.A.R.E. for 15 years. From 2010-2011 he worked for the Missouri Attorney General as Adminstrator of Computer Forensics Lab, responsible for addressing online crimes against children, cyber bullying and human trafficking. In 2010, after 31 years of service he retired as a Lieutenant from the Glendale Police Department, where he was detached form 2003-2010 as Commander of the Missouri Interent Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. During his time with MO ICAC he served the National ICAC Task Force Program as liaison to Interent Safety Organizaitons such as Netsmartz, iKeepSafe, and Web Wise Kids, and was a member of the Executive Committee. He is a nationally known speaker on the topic of online crimes against children, technology safety, and cyber bullying. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Bellevue University and is a 2004 graduate of the FBI National Academy.

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