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WHAT DOES A PARENT DO IN THIS SITUATION? WHAT IS A PARENT TO DO?

This is a problem I am confronted with on a regular basis. Sitting in my office is a child and his or her parents. The child is charged with some type of drug offense. Usually it is a possession charge. But sometimes it is possession with intent to distribute, or even distribution.

It is difficult for some parents to confront the fact that something has gone wrong in their child’s life to such an extent that they are now regular users of drugs. As a society, we are so judgmental of others who do distasteful things that we frequently will ignore even the most obvious signs that point to problems in our own families. We can’t imagine that drug abuse would be “our” problem.

The one thing that I am constantly reminded of in my practice is that most of my clients are good people who find themselves in a bad situation. I represent a lot of people in drunk driving cases, or worse, who are some of the nicest people you would ever meet. But on this occasion, they have made a mistake.

The same thing happens with drug use. Kids will naturally experiment in life. They do it with sex, they do it with drugs. And either of those can have life-altering consequences.

The prevalence of heroin in America is, and should be, alarming. It is cheaper to buy a fix of heroin than it is to buy a six pack. Our drug wars have been total failures. Billions of dollars have been wasted since the war on drugs first began. The truth is a lot of that money has gone into the hands of attorneys just like me.

So, what is a parent to do when they find signs of drug use by their children? Do they step in and take them to treatment? Is counselling going to work? Do they report the child to the police?

I really wish I had an answer for those parents suffering with this problem. I really do.