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Your Children and Drugs


  • Establish family rules that make the use of drugs non-negotiable.
  • Educate yourself about drugs, so you can talk informatively with your children and answer their questions.
  • Since peer pressure is a major factor in teen drug use, know your children’s friends.
  • Talk with other parents. Try to establish uniform rules that make access to drugs harder for your children and their friends, such as a curfew, the amount of spending money they receive, and their use of a car.
  • If problems arise, try to seek advice and counsel from someone both you and your child respect and can relate to.
  • Learn to really listen to your child.
  • Help your child develop strong values.
  • Be a good role model or example in your use of alcohol.
  • Help your preteen deal with peer pressure.
  • Set firm rules about drinking and other drug use.
  • Talk with other parents.
  • Know what to do if you suspect a problem.
  • Talk to your child about alcohol and other drugs.
  • Help your child to feel good about himself or herself.


  • Saying “No Thanks”
  • Giving a Reason or Excuse
  • Repeated Refusal, or Keep Saying No
  • Walking Away
  • Changing the Subject
  • Avoiding the Situation
  • Cold Shoulder
  • Strength in Numbers