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What Should I say – 9-11
At this age, one out of every seven kids has been offered drugs. Now is the time to help children prepare to make the right decision. This is also an age when they are very curious about how the body works, and are ready for more complex information about drugs.

-Talk with your grandchildren about why people may be attracted to drugs, and discuss with them how to say “no” when offered drugs by friends.
-Take time to learn about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs so you feel prepared to talk with your grandchildren about them.
-If you feel confident your knowledge is accurate, talk with your grandchildren about specific drugs and how they might affect the user’s body and life.
-Don’t worry about having all the facts. It’s more important that you express how you’d feel if your grandchild used drugs, and the impact it could have on the family.
-Be prepared to answer questions about whether or not you ever used drugs, alcohol or tobacco.