Drugs & Your Family

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What Are the Signs of Having a Problem With Drugs?

Addiction can happen at any age, but it usually starts when a person is young. It’s the result of changes in the brain that can come from drug use. Addiction affects how people think and what they do. But what exactly are the signs? 

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If You Discover Your Child is Using Drugs: Start Talking

(Partnership to End Addiction) Discovering that your child could be using substances stirs up a lot of emotion. The best way to find out what’s going on, and to begin helping, is to start talking.

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Most Teens Don't Drink or Use Drugs. How to Help Your Kids Avoid it Too.

(Partnership to End Addiction) According to the most recent data, numbers are in the single digits among 12-17-year-olds who smoke (2%), drink alcohol (9%) or use marijuana (7%).

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Tips for Talking to Teens and Young Adults About Drugs During the Holidays

 A few years ago, Fran Harding, the former Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), gave us a few tips on how you can start the discussion.

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Four Steps for Using Prescription Pain Medications Safely

(The NIDA Blog Team) Prescription pain medications (opioids) are powerful drugs. They can be effective if they’re used safely, but if they’re misused, a person can become addicted to them. 

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Teens and Rx Meds: What You Should Know

Prescription drugs are the most commonly misused substances by teens after marijuana and alcohol. 

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Addressing Substance Use: Set Limits & Monitor Behavior

(Partnership to End Addiction) Rules provide a concrete way to let your child understand what’s expected of him or her and to learn self-control.

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Is There a Connection Between Missing Sleep and Using Drugs?

(The NIDA Blog Team, June 1) You probably know it’s important to get enough sleep. But you may be surprised to learn exactly how important it is.

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Free Online Prevention and Early Intervention Resources

Here are some online prevention and early intervention resources (such as tip sheets, videos, webinars, and more) as for you and your loved ones.

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Watch: Secure Your Meds PSAs

Until you're able to reach a medication drop-off location, it's important that you keep them safe and secure in your home.