Parents: Facts on Teen Drug Use


Get information to help you talk with your teens about drugs and their effects, and learn where to go to get help.

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Safely Dispose of Your Prescription Medicines

Learn how to properly dispose of your unused medicines.

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Family Checkup: Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse

Learn the five parenting skills important in preventing the start and progression of drug use.

Nora Volkow

Parent Discussion on Drug Abuse and Addiction with NIDA Director

Listen to NIDA Director talk with parents about drug use and teens.

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Principles of Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood

Learn ways to prevent the initiation of drug use for your child.

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Preventing Teen Drug Use: How To Talk With Your Teen

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
Learn how to have meaningful conversations about drugs and alcohol with your child.

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Helpful Links

Find other resources that can help you understand teen drug use.

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Facts For You
Learn how drugs affect your teen's brain and how they can impact your teen's life.

DrugFacts

DrugFacts

Get plain and simple facts.

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Emerging Trends

Keep up with new drugs and drug use trends, and sign up for alerts.

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Commonly Abused Drugs

Use the at-a-glance chart to see drug and effects.

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Science of Addiction

Understand the science of the disease of drug addiction.
(En español)

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Marijuana: Facts Parents Need to Know

Read a short guide on talking with your child about marijuana.

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Facts For Your Teen
Together with you or on their own, your teen can learn the facts about how drugs affect their brain and body.

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Drug Facts for Teens

Facts written for teens on the health effects and consequences of drug use.

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Shatter the Myths

Answers to teens' most common questions about drugs and drug use.
(En español)

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Marijuana: Facts for Teens

Not everyone is doing it. Teens get the straight facts about marijuana.

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Opioid Facts for Teens

Teens get the straight facts so they can make smart choices.

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NIDA's Easy-to-Read Web Site

Listen and read along to the facts about drug use, addiction, and treatment.

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What To Do If Your Teen or Young Adult Has a Problem With Drugs

Follow the steps to help your child if you think there is a problem with drugs.

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Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Learn what to look for when seeking treatment for your child.

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Get Smart: Talking to Your Child When You Suspect Drug Use

Drug Enforcement Agency
Get tips for talking with your child when you think there may be a problem.

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SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Call 1-800-622-HELP or enter your zip code to find treatment help in your area.