Helping Parents Prevent Youth Substance Abuse


Just as you protect your kids against illnesses, you can help "immunize" them against drug use by giving them the facts before they're in a risky situation.

Informed Kids
When kids don't feel comfortable talking to parents, they'll seek answers elsewhere, even if their sources are unreliable. And kids who aren't properly informed are at greater risk of engaging in unsafe behaviors and experimenting with substance use.

Educated Parents
Parents who are educated about the effects of drug use and learn the facts can give their kids correct information and clear up any misconceptions. You're a role models for your kids, and your views on alcohol, tobacco, c-cigarettes marijuana and other drugs can strongly influence how they think about them.

Talk Sooner
Consider making the drug talk a part of your general health and safety conversations throughout their childhood and teen years.

Through the Ages
Find age-appropriate advice for talking sooner with your children:



Use the TalkSooner app for tips on how to talk to your kids about not using alcohol or other drugs.