Talking to your Kids

Preventing Drug & Alcohol Abuse


“Open, honest conversations are some of the most powerful tools parents can use to connect with – and protect – their kids.  But when tackling some of life’s tougher topics, especially those about drugs and alcohol, just figuring out what to say can be a challenge.”  - Parent Talk Kit, The Medicine Abuse Project, The Partnership at


Topics covered in this free and action oriented Parent Talk Kit are:

  • How to Say It: Age-by-age scripts to help you start the conversation about drugs and alcohol for all ages, including whether your child is preschool, grade school, middle school, high school or post-high-school/college.

  • What to Say: Addressing Prescription Drug and over-the-counter (OTC) drug abuse

  • Answering the Question: “Did You Do Drugs?”

  • Five Teachable Moments:  Easy Ways to bring up the top of drugs and alcohol

  • How to Teach Kids to Turn Down Drugs

  • How Other Adults Can Help:  The Importance of Friends, Family and Beyond (link to Grandparents guide)



Click to download a pdf of the full Parent Talk Kit

RESOURCES: Preventing Drug & Alcohol Abuse


Share the following resource with your teen:

Prescription Drug Misuse: Choose Your Path Interactive Videos

Other parent resources:

Drug guide for parents

(information on safe medication practices for youth through senior citizens)



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Cumberland, Maryland 21501-1745

OUR MISSION: Prescribe Change Allegany County’s mission is to create awareness and educate the citizens of Allegany County,
Maryland about the growing crisis of opioid prescription drugs, and heroin misuse and abuse in our community.