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Moms Talk: When Should You Talk to Your Child About Drugs?

Local K9 unit helps bring awareness to schools on the dangers of drug use.

Chris Kish, Doug Fulton, and Hector Hernandez are owners of Michigan K9 Solutions, a company that works to detour the bringing, using and selling of narcotics at our local schools, places of business, and community.

Kish joins the hour to discuss the startling facts relating to kids and early drug use. Kish is a certified dog trainer with his dog Onyx, as dual purpose narcotics and patrol. Kish also is a certified corrections officer, police officer reserve and firefighter, as well as an industrial safety instructor. 

Kish knows more about our children and the world of drugs than we'd like to know. Unfortunately, knowing is our only means of combating this early danger. 

Let's take this hour to allow Chris to inform us of the appropriate age to discuss drugs with our kids, and share general knowledge of this subject we all must unfortunately know of. 

Tina DeBord March 09, 2011 at 06:19 PM
My son is just under a year old, so I don't think I need to have this conversation any time soon. But I'm guessing the early years of elementary would be a good time. Also, I think teaching kids to take care of their body from the start is a good foundation for the later drug talk.
Lindsay Leppek March 09, 2011 at 06:19 PM
Prescription drug abuse is something I never thought kids would touch at such a young age! Can the K9's sniff out prescription drugs as well as others?
Chris Kish March 09, 2011 at 06:20 PM
Marijuana to most kids is like talking to them about I Carly. The ONLY reason more kids in middle school dont smoke pot or have it more often is the fact that they have to pay for it some where or steal it. Pills are not usually guarded in a home as well as some one would look over there Marijuana grow operation.
Lindsay Leppek March 09, 2011 at 06:22 PM
Excellent point Tina. I have taught my son about the way certain foods affect the body, carrots help sight, protein builds muscles, and so on. It would be nice to implement a drug conversation in similar terms.
Chris Kish March 09, 2011 at 06:22 PM
Yes , most pain pills have a base of OPiate in them. thats what the dogs are trained to smell.
Lindsay Leppek March 09, 2011 at 06:24 PM
Good point Mr. Kish. Could you tell us a little abou thte kids that are able to find marijuana? Is that something they get to mainly from their parents or siblings as well?
Chris Kish March 09, 2011 at 06:26 PM
Staying active in your kids life no matter what you are teaching them health or manners or even cleaning behind their ears. Maintaning communication and making sure they remain honest and open even though the news may make you unhappy is good. Some of there curiosity hopefully will manifest into a question that they will ask you and not there friends when it comes to dangerous activity
Lindsay Leppek March 09, 2011 at 06:27 PM
Theres a large number of marijuana smokers who don't consider "pot" to be a drug. These same people tend to be pretty open with their use of it. I think it needs to be brought to their attention, others can smell it on them, and if others can, odds are their kids can. Kids immitate their parents. Its my opinion that whether or not the adult considers it to be a "serious" drug, it does play a role in the childs development. It will impair their school ability, and athletic ability.
Chris Kish March 09, 2011 at 06:29 PM
Yes. There is a sorta monkey see monkey do at that age. I also want to say that just because you have a clean living family and home atmosphere that your child isnt curious about marijuana
Lindsay Leppek March 09, 2011 at 06:30 PM
Has Onyx found drugs while on a school visit?
Chris Kish March 09, 2011 at 06:32 PM
With all schools having The Drug Free School Zone Policy there leaves little wiggle rooms when it comes to the discovery of contraband. In most cases its immediate expulsion. So now you have to drive your child to a whole new school district if they will take him or her for being in posession of a substance their parents dont think should be illegal
Megan Rodriguez March 09, 2011 at 06:33 PM
Mr. Kish, would you do home searches too??
Chris Kish March 09, 2011 at 06:34 PM
Yes he has along with other dogs. Marijuana, Heroin and r/x pills have been found
Lindsay Leppek March 09, 2011 at 06:35 PM
So Drug Free Schools Zone are a good thing. I guess it becomes more about what are children are doing after school and on weekends that comes into question. I think peer pressure is a big thing right now. Kids are desperate to "fit in" and in that goal, they seem to do whatever it takes. Now that the internet and all these new social mediums are in abundance its only amplified that need to fit in.
Megan Rodriguez March 09, 2011 at 06:36 PM
Heroin really?? When oyu do these searches, are kids just in their classrooms adn do they take them all to the gym? Do they know whats going on?
Lindsay Leppek March 09, 2011 at 06:38 PM
I like that your business brings in the dogs and show a such a positive way of "being cool" without drug use. I say cool, because Onyx is a pretty cool dog!
Lindsay Leppek March 09, 2011 at 06:39 PM
I remember in high school, word would get around that dogs were coming and kids would get passes to use the bathroom, and then leave school.
Chris Kish March 09, 2011 at 06:39 PM
Anything you want searched. Schools and Businesses have to have a policy in place. School principals and there designees have the right to search a person and vehicles on school property. When they hire us we can work under that umbrella. A business would have to have something spelled out in writing so employees did not have the expectation of privacy in lockers or other provided storage areas. Obviously if a parent calls us to there home to search then we have there permission.
Lindsay Leppek March 09, 2011 at 06:41 PM
How many dogs are brought in on a school search? How many are part of your business?
Chris Kish March 09, 2011 at 06:44 PM
Are searches are all directed by the principal of the schools as far as date and time. When we are close we call ahead and they put the school into a lockdown mode. If a student needs to use the bathroom after that point we have recommended that the student be asked to turn out pockets and remove shoes. Which is a reasonable request. They are then escorted to bathroom. No hallway movement with out an escort. If the rooms are searched as well as lockers we can ask that all belongings ( backpacks purses and such) be placed on opposite side of the hallway as the students and we search their belongings as well
Chris Kish March 09, 2011 at 06:47 PM
Depends on size of school and how long we have to execute the search. We try not to disrupt the flow of school or disrupt there learning I mean the whole goal is to provide a safe and condusive learning environment. So we try to complete most searches in an hour. If the school is larger we bring enough dogs to complete the task. I currently have 4 Narcotics dogs and 1 explosive detection dog.
Jason Leinenger March 09, 2011 at 06:49 PM
I believe it's important to have the talk as soon as your child is old enough to comprehend what they are and continuously talk about it.
Lindsay Leppek March 09, 2011 at 06:51 PM
I think its cool how your business works so closely with the school to stay on the same page with this topic. Are there any planned speakong dates set for a Brighton school, that Patch could come watch and report on?
Lindsay Leppek March 09, 2011 at 06:56 PM
I agree Jason! Thanks for join our chat!
Chris Kish March 09, 2011 at 06:58 PM
Nothing in brighton, Yet. I am always trying to get word of what we do out there. It isnt just detection our assemblies show that the school is taking an extra step to stop the using and selling of contraband in schools. We offer real world answers of effects of drugs. How a dog uses its nose to find them and how effective it is, so dont bring it here. Lets be honest kids are gonna be kids and do what they think is cool. If we can influence the kids that hadnt quite made up there mind to try drugs that there going to get in trouble if you do it or bring it to school. Then we are 1 step closer to ridding our communities of this problem
Lindsay Leppek March 09, 2011 at 07:01 PM
Well put Chris! Thank you so much to K9 Solutions in Michigan for giving their time today to speak with us. We apprecaite what you do in the commmunity, and would love to hear of any future assmeblies.
Chris Kish March 09, 2011 at 07:03 PM
Thank you for having us. Have a nice day
Stacy Swann March 09, 2011 at 08:38 PM
Peer pressure has been a problem for forever, but now with the internet even the kids considered to have few friends in real life have them online and they are finding more and more ways to obtain illegal substances. I have a connection at Brighton Hospital and Heroin is THE drug right now with young people. My daughter is in 5th grade and we have had these talks. She is aware that I am aware and I think that is step one.
Stacy Swann March 09, 2011 at 08:39 PM
Great information Chris, Lindsay and everyone else. It's great to know that a business like this exists. Especially during times when school budgets are beyond tight and administrators are stretched so thin.
Sondra Pavlak April 19, 2011 at 11:02 PM
Make sure your children go to church and understand that drugs are Satan's main tool. Start to inform your children to talk to you about everything, and never push them off or laugh about anything. I raised 4 children and know the insidious nature of drugs. Lost one daughter, and now maybe a son. These are educated adult children. Drugs are everywhere and are turning beautiful children into runaways and sick young people. Be strong and tough rocks with your children on this subject. I am 62 and have seen afew things raising children.

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