Drugs and Alcohol

From casual use of marijuana to the heroin and opioid epidemic and prescription drug abuse, parents have a lot to worry about. Substance abuse can alter your child’s personality and brain chemistry and can derail their future. You might be wondering: How do I know if my child is using drugs? How do I talk to my teen about heroin? How can I help my child overcome prescription drug abuse?

These videos offer parental support and information on topics such as how to recognize the signs of substance abuse, how to handle heroin or opioid use, how to keep your child from abusing prescription drugs, what to say to your child who thinks marijuana is “no big deal”, and other ways in which you can help your child grow up with a healthy attitude toward drugs and alcohol.

What Can Parents Do to Prevent Teen Drug Use?

Rosanne Tenuta
Health Educator, Robert Crown Center for Health Education

What are some things parents can do to prevent teen drug use?

  • Talk to your kids about drugs: 90% of addictions start in the teen years and ½ can be prevented with conversation with trusted adults
  • Be clear with your expectation of no drug use: your kids need to know where you stand on this issue
  • Practice refusal skills: use teachable moments from TV shows or school situations to help kids work thought how they would handle situations in which there are drugs
  • Monitor the medicine cabinet: many teens start drug use through prescription medication that is in the house. Lock it away or dispose of these medications through community “take-back” events so that adolescents do not have access.