Dear Straight Talk: My son, 16, recently started working a restaurant swing shift on Friday nights and weekends. The problem is he comes home looking out of sorts. I don’t smell alcohol, but he looks strange in the eyes, not like himself. My mother’s intuition says it’s drugs — so many kids and even parents smoke pot today. But I’m too timid to ask him! Plus wouldn’t he just deny it? Disciplining him hasn’t been an issue till now. I’m not strong emotionally and he’s a foot taller than me. Please help. — Timid Mom, Monterey County
Gregg, 22, Los Angeles: I agree your son is using drugs. Asking him is your best first move. When I first started using pot, my mother wasn’t bold either, but she did have a nose for it and put a voice to it. I knew she knew. She eventually joined forces with my dad and got me help.
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