What Parents Can Do

Some Tips for Parents Who May Suspect Their Children Are Using Drugs, Alcohol, or Tobacco

  • Learn the warning signs and how drugs and alcohol can harm your child's mind, body and emotions.
  • Talk often and early with your child. Tell your children what you expect from them if they are offered drugs or alcohol.
  • Get involved with your child's activities. Encourage your children to participate in supervised groups, clubs, and events that are challenging, fun and drug-free.
  • Be a good role model. Think about what you say and how you act in front of your child.
  • Teach your kids to choose friends wisely and how to form positive relationships.
  • Set the rule - no riding with anyone who has been drinking or using drugs. Tell them to call you if they find themselves in that situation, and assure them you will come and get them, or help them find a way to get home safely.
  • Remind them of your rules and the consequences of breaking those rules.

If you find drugs or alcohol in your child's room or backpack, or see signs of drug use, do not ignore it. Take action. Remember, as parents, the earlier you start talking to your child about drinking and using drugs, the more influence you may have on their values and decisions. Several short conversations are better than one long lecture. And finally, let them know how proud you are of the good decisions they make!