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 Drugs Do Teens Use?

Michael Kuna, M.D.
Genesis Clinical Services
Wheaton, IL

What Drugs Do Teens Use?

What are the typical drugs that teenagers use? There are a number of ways to survey this information. They include first drugs, the average number of teens using drugs on a given day and studies that explore specific sub-groups, like high school seniors.

These studies show that alcohol, marijuana, cigarettes and prescription medicines are the most common drugs of abuse among teenagers. Drugs like crack cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin are used by much smaller groups of teens. However, these drugs often lead to deadly consequences as illustrated by the increase in deaths caused by heroin overdoses.