Parents Warned to Prevent Addiction in Their Children

By Staff Writer

Addiction can be an extremely difficult condition to overcome, and experts commonly say that avoiding chemical dependency in the first place is the best way to prevent its damaging effects. A set of Massachusetts parents is trying to spread this message to all the other adults in their community.

The Braintree Patch reports that Peter and Heather Thompson recently lost their son to prescription pill addiction. They said that he was generally a good kid, but that once he started taking the drugs, he could not stop. The story illustrates the point that addiction can affect anyone.

Following this experience, the couple spoke at a substance abuse symposium held at the local Town Hall as part of an effort to educate other parents, law enforcement officers and school employees about the dangers of addiction.

“The best thing we can do for our children is to teach them younger not to start,” Peter Thompson told the news source. “Once you do that first drug you never forget.”

The Mayo Clinic advises parents that they can reduce their children’s risk of drug addiction by communicating and setting a good example.