Community Conversations - Drugs in Our Community
Continuing the Conversation
KEEP AN OPEN DIALOGUE WITH YOUR CHILD
Take time to prepare for conversations with your child(ren) around drug and alcohol use. As you navigate the discussion, try to speak from a place of curiosity and compassion rather than from fear or anger. Here are some sentence starters: "I've been learning about substance use in Yelm, and I want to hear your perspective. Would you share with me?" or "I'm concerned about your health, and I want to start an honest conversation about the impacts of drug use." Prepare for your conversation with the guides available from Partnership to End Addiction.
SAFEGUARD YOUR HOME
Overdose deaths remain a leading cause of injury-related death in the United States. The majority of overdose deaths involve opioids. If you have prescription opioids in your home, lock them up so they are inaccessible to your children and dispose of them once their purpose has concluded. If you check your child's backpack or bedroom and find substances, talk with your child. If they deny using the drugs or that they belong to someone else, you can gently state, "I know that it is upsetting I checked your backpack, but it's my job to support your safety in this way."
CONTACT YOUR STUDENT'S SCHOOL COUNSELOR
You are not alone. Your child's counselor is a partner and advocate with you. School counselors can also help connect you to resources as well as help navigate difficult conversations and decisions. Check your school website for contact information for your school's counselor.
HELP IN THE SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY
If you suspect or know a substance is being used by your child, you can access the options that are available to YCS families: make a referral for substance use treatment with True North through your child's counselor or by calling 360.464.6867; take your child for a drug assessment at the Chemical Dependency Center at St. Peter's Hospital at 360.456.7575; if your family is connected to the Nisqually Tribe, contact Nisqually Behavioral Health Program at 360.413.2727; or email YCS staff for assistance navigating the appropriate resource.
RESOURCES ON HAND
All Yelm Community Schools have the life-saving drug Narcan on hand for use by trained staff members. If you are considering having Narcan available in your home, contact your local pharmacy and site the Department of Health standing order as your resource.
You aren't alone. If you suspect or are aware of substance use by your child and you need help or resources, reach out to Yelm Community Schools using the "Substance Use" email address