By Melissa Franqui

I do not want my son to do drugs.

He’ll be a teenager soon, and it’s time to have that talk with him, one of many difficult discussions to come. Abstinence-only conversations don’t work. It’s not real, it’s not honest, and will only drive any experimentation with drugs away from my help, advice and care. It’s up to me to teach him what he needs to know about alcohol and other drugs, why not to do them (at least until he’s much older), and how the consequences of an arrest can hurt him more than using a drug.

But how do I …read more