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Drugs & Your Family

  • What You Should Know About Steroids and Young People What You Should Know About Steroids and Young People

    High school steroid use has been on the decline for many years. Still, 45 percent of high school seniors do not see a great risk in using steroids once or twice, according to the Monitoring the Future 2016 Survey. This, coupled with the availability of the drugs online, could signal danger to teens that don’t know or understand the risks.

  • 10 Strategies to Prevent Your Young Person from Using Drugs10 Strategies to Prevent Your Young Person from Using Drugs

    According to a recent study, young people who hadn’t used drugs up until their senior year in high school are more likely to use marijuana once they start college than their peers who don’t go to college. Here are a few ways you can prevent your young loved one from using any drug before they head off to school and while they are in college.

  • Hiding PlacesHiding Places

    All parents strive to have an open and honest relationship with their teens. However, if your young loved one is dealing with drug addiction, they often become secretive, and as parents you may find answers in their rooms or vehicles. For those facing this serious issue, here are a few common places your teen could be hiding drugs.

  • Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early ChildhoodPrinciples of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood

     Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood is an online guide about interventions in early childhood that can help prevent drug use and other unhealthy behaviors.

  • VIDEO: Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate AddictVIDEO: Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict

    You are going to see that once the addiction starts it is often too late. By telling somebody, you could be saving a life.

  • How Opioid (Painkiller) Abuse Can Lead to Heroin UseHow Opioid (Painkiller) Abuse Can Lead to Heroin Use

    Since 2010, heroin deaths have significantly increased by 248 percent. Why is this happening?

  • VIDEO: Marijuana—The Facts and FictionVIDEO: Marijuana—The Facts and Fiction

    Marijuana is the most widely used illegal drug in America. Like the tobacco plant, its smoke contains a mixture of gasses and particles that are harmful to your lungs. Watch this video to find out what's fact and fiction.

  • Video: Synthetic DrugsVideo: Synthetic Drugs

    Synthetic drugs are made from chemical compounds, and some people think they are a legal substitute for drugs like marijuana and ecstasy. But they are not. Watch to learn the difference.

  • Prescription Drug AbusePrescription Drug Abuse

    What is prescription drug abuse? Prescription drug abuse is when someone takes a medication prescribed for someone else, takes their own prescription in a way not intended by a doctor or dentist, or takes a medication to get high. Source: www.drugabuse.gov

  • Medications in Your HomeMedications in Your Home

    Prescription (Rx) and over- the-counter (OTC) medicines are legal products that should be used only as directed. Each day, 46 people die from an overdose of prescription painkillers. Unfortunately, many teens are using opioid painkillers and OTC medicines to get high.

  • School Failure

    The associations between substance use, academic failure and dropout are strong and well recognized among researchers and educators who study adolescent substance use.

  • Text Messaging: Lost in Translation?Text Messaging: Lost in Translation?

    Video Transcript Accessibility Statement: This video is an animated presentation with background music that does not add to the context or experience of the content. In it, two teens are having a text message conversation on a smartphone screed; the teens are not seen, the focus is on the phone’s screen. They’re texting in acronyms and slang – some real, some created to demonstrate the rapidly changing language teens often use. Off to the side of the screen, as the teen texts, “parent translations” of each text message are shown.

  • Talking to Your Child When You Suspect Drug UseTalking to Your Child When You Suspect Drug Use

    Choose the right time to talk. When talking to your child be sure your child is sober or has not been using drugs before talking about drugs and alcohol.

  • Why do Teens Use Drugs?Why do Teens Use Drugs?

    The teen years are often a time to explore and learn more about themselves as they approach adulthood. Often, this involves experimenting and testing their boundaries. The desire to do something new or risky is a normal part of teen development.

  • What’s Happening in Your Child’s SchoolWhat’s Happening in Your Child’s School

    Youth are using, buying, and selling drugs on school campuses and at school events in middle schools and secondary schools. Find out how your school is handling this problem.

  • Social Media: Understanding a Teen's WorldSocial Media: Understanding a Teen's World

    Traditional sites are changing. Because many parents scrutinize social networking sites or “friend” their children on Facebook, teens and tweens are turning to more secretive sites. 

  • Drugged Driving—What You Should KnowDrugged Driving—What You Should Know

    Driving while drugged can impair a person's ability to drive a car. Learn more about this dangerous activity.

  • Signs of Drug Use Signs of Drug Use

    Teens are known to have mood swings. However, some behavior may indicate more serious issues, such as abuse of drugs and alcohol. Here are some of the warning signs of drug use.

Featured Articles

  • Driving while drugged can impair a person's ability to drive a car. Learn more about this dangerous activity.
  • The teen years are often a time to explore and learn more about themselves as they approach adulthood. Often, this involves experimenting and testing their boundaries. The desire to do something new or risky is a normal part of teen development.
  • 97% of teens don't use prescription drugs to get high. Watch this video to learn why taking prescription drugs to get high can have serious health effects including addiction and overdose.