Family Resources: Drug Use Prevention
A 5 minute overview previews the discussion. Watch the 30 minute video and use the following guide to talk with your kids.
How to Talk About Prescription Pain Pills (pdf)
Power of Parental Conversations: Studies show that 90% of addiction starts in the teen years and 50% can be avoided by ongoing conversation about drugs with a trusted adult. An addiction researcher and health educators provide conversation strategies.
The Teen Brain and Substance Abuse: Learn why prescription pain pills and heroin are so addictive. Rush University Medical Center’s T. Celeste Napier, PhD, and recovering addict Bill Patrianakos, provide insight into the transformation caused by drug abuse.
Keep your child drug free.
Find below more resources for starting the conversation with your family:
Materials to help you have your own conversations with your kids:
- Parents Talking to Kids About Drugs (pdf)
- Family Checkup NIDA (pdf)
For more information on substance abuse and mental health issues:
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): information on mental health and substance abuse prevention topics pertaining to youth
- National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH): information on mental health topics and the teen brain
- National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI): support and education programs that help build better lives
- National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA): science-based information on substance abuse