Parenting is one of the hardest and one of the most enriching jobs to have. No one has all the answers, but when it comes helping your kids stay healthy, be resilient, and prevent substance misuse, there is plenty of helpful information worth checking out.
The following sites are resources for parents/grandparents/family members about youth substance use prevention.
My favorite site for parents with all types of information!
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers information on Vaping for parents.
Quick tips from the National Institute of Health.
MAAD encourages you to have ongoing, intentional conversations with your kids about the dangers and consequences of underage drinking.
Kids are different at every age. Young or old, keep the conversation relevant and on-going!
A Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services public service campaign.
Use the CRAFT model to build skills in talking to your child.
A site developed by moms for learning about medication abuse.
A guide in caring for your child's mental health and emotional well-being.
Hear from actual teens how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their lives - in both positive and negative ways.
The stress of COVID-19 has resulted in a rise in drug and alcohol use and an increase in opioid overdoses. Parents...now is the time to talk to your teens. #OpioidPrevention #addictionpolicyforum
Hand Hold MA is a help guide for parents / guardians in caring for their child's mental health and emotional well-being developed by mental health and child development experts in partnership with parents.
Parents, over 90% of adults with a substance use disorder started using alcohol before the age of 18. Learn how alcohol affects a teen brain and talk to your kids about strategies for delaying use.
Massachusetts Department of Public Health Video for parents.
Check out this great video
Monitoring the Future 2018 presents and overview of trends in Teen Drug Use.
Talking to your kids and setting expectations around drug use is one of the most important things parents can do to influence their child's positive decisions.
If you missed the webinar on Teens, Tweens, and Quarantines, you can view the webinar replay here. Note: it will show up with a page to enter a webinar room on which you will need to enter your email to get to the video.
Handouts from Jon's Mattleman's presentation are below along with the list of resources mentioned on the webinar.