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.
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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.