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RX for Understanding: Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse (Grades 9-12)

National Institute on Drug Abuse: A Research-Based Guide for Parents, Educators, and Community Leaders

National Institute on Drug Abuse: A Research-Based Guide for Parents, Educators, and Community Leaders
(en español)

Prevent Teen Drug Use: Marijuana and Kids: It is a Big Deal
This fact sheet presents the key facts parents and their teens need to know about the harmful effects of marijuana use. Parents are the most important influence on their children's decision to use or not to use marijuana. Parents are encouraged to make sure their teens know they should not use marijuana and the many reasons why.

Parents 360 Synthetic Drugs: A guide for parents and other influencers
This is a community education presentation provided by The Partnership at that helps parents and other adults learn how to communicate effectively with their children, specific to synthetic drugs such as "bath salts" and K2/Spice.

6 Parenting Practices to Help Reduce the Chances Your Child will Develop a Drug or Alcohol Problem
This guide provided by the Partnership at outlines six key research-based ways to reduce future drug and alcohol problems. Parents often think that friends are more important to their teenager than they are. But studies and clinical experience suggest that parents can influence their teens.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: Make a Difference—Talk to your child about Alcohol
This guide is geared to parents and guardians of young people ages 10 to 14. Keep in mind that the suggestions on the following pages are just that—suggestions. Trust your instincts. Choose ideas you are comfortable with, and use your own style in carrying out the approaches you find useful. Your child looks to you for guidance and support in making life decisions—including the decision not to use alcohol.

Sample Text Messages to Help Your Child Avoid Alcohol
Texting is an increasingly popular way for parents to communicate with their children. Use or adapt any of the following sample text messages to start the alcohol conversation and keep it going.

Web Links
National Institute on Drug Abuse: Drugs of Abuse
Learn the facts about the most commonly abused drugs. Each drug page includes a brief overview, street and clinical names, the effects of the drug on the brain and body, statistics and trends, and relevant publications and articles written by NIDA researchers and scientists.
National Institute on Drug Abuse: Drugs of Abuse
(en español)

National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens: Drug Facts
Get the facts on how drugs affect the brain and body.

National Institute for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse Parent Resources
This website provides links to resources for caregivers of teens. We also encourage parents to visit the Educators pages for information and activities that can be used at home in addition to in the classroom.

Parents are the Key to Safe Teen Drivers: Resources for Parents
Did you know that new drivers are more likely to be involved in a fatal crash simply due to inexperience and alcohol use? Explore the links below to learn how you can encourage safe driving behavior by your teen.

The Center for Motivation and Change: 20 Minutes Parent’s Guide
This is a practical, compassionate and effective roadmap for those who are concerned about their loved one’s substance use, or want to learn ways to prevent it.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Parent Resources
Check out these resources to help you start—and keep up—the conversation about the dangers of drinking alcohol at a young age.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Parent Resources
(en español)

Substance Use Resource Center
The goal of this resource center is to offer parents, doctors and other clinicians with scientific information about the prevention and treatment of adolescent substance abuse.

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Parent Toolkit
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids translates the science of teen drug use and addiction into actionable information and guidance. We help families understand the ever-changing drug landscape, learn how to effectively communicate with teens, and provide direct support to parents dealing with a child’s drug use. And we strengthening communities by advocating for greater prevention efforts and improved access to treatment and recovery.

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Parent Toolkit
(en español)

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Parent Guides & Resources

Get Smart About Drugs: A DEA Resource for Parents, Educators & Caregivers

Commonly Abused Drugs Charts, revised July 2017

Family Checkup: Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse

A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Inhalant Abuse


Kimberly Baumgardner, M.Ed.
Educational Specialist Manager, Family Engagement
(210) 370-5431

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