Parent Toolkit

There is great power in being a parent. The power to reason. The power to influence. The power to counter temptation. The power to love. It comes from the heart, and make no mistake, teens are fueled by it, sustained by it. To use it is to keep them alive. To ignore it is to risk everything.

Welcome to the Parent Toolkit. Here you’ll find information about what’s going on in the world today as it pertains to alcohol and other drugs, and guidance on how to talk to your kids about it and keep them safe.


Teens who consistently learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are up to 50% less likely to use drugs.


Of teens say losing their parents’ respect and pride is one of the main reasons they don’t smoke marijuana or use other drugs.

Talking About Drugs by Age Group

It’s never too early to start age-appropriate conversations with your child about the dangers of substance use and the benefits of healthy living. Here are some guidelines to help shape productive conversations with your child.

Drugs & Alcohol Defined

Here is a list of what’s out there, names that teens use for them, and the effects.

Prescription medicines are now the most commonly abused drugs among 12 to 13 year-olds.”

NSDUH (National Survey on Drug Use and Health)

What’s the Deal with Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is involved in more deaths of Americans under 50 than any other cause of death, including heart disease, cancer, and all other accidents. It is critical to discuss the dangers of fentanyl and fake pills with your kids.

The Teenage Brain

Scientists now know that the brain is getting reorganized in a big way during the teenage years. This is a time of huge opportunities — and risks. Learn more about how the teenage brain reacts to drugs and alcohol.

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