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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 Drugfree.org

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. http://www.drugfree.org/the-parent-toolkit/age-by-age-advice/
  • 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)

Preventing Drug & Alcohol Abuse

Share the following resource with your teen:
Prescription Drug Misuse: Choose Your Path Interactive Videos

Other parent resources:


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