Young People & Drugs

Many parents are deeply concerned about their child becoming involved with drugs. Often, they feel that they do not know enough about drugs to help prevent their child from turning to drugs or worse, preventing harm. Some parents think that drinking alcohol and getting drunk is just a normal part of growing up, a rite to passage. This opinion may be very dangerous, because there are serious risks associated with drinking, particularly for young people.

You and your child need to be aware of these risks. Know...

  • For most young people, getting drunk and illegal drug taking is not a part of normal life.
  • Most people who do try drugs may not continue using them. But some will.
  • There are serious risks associated with drug use, including health, legal and behavioral consequences.

Teens and young people use drugs for many reasons. Often, parents believe that kids use drugs if they are having problems at home or at school, but this is not always accurate. They may be attracted to drugs and alcohol because:

  • They enjoy the short-term "high" effects

  • Their friends use them

  • They want the share in the experience when socializing with others

  • They are curious about the effects

  • The drugs are easily available

  • As part of growing up, they might just want to "break the rules"



Setting Rules for Your Teen's Free Time

Teens are less likely to use drugs, alcohol, and tobacco when parents set rules about risky behaviors. When a young person ponders whether or not to use drugs, a crucial consideration is: What will my parents think? Read more

When to talk to your children about drugs

The most effective time to start talking to your children about using drugs is around the age of nine or ten. Read more

Conversations when you suspect your teen's drug use.

What happens if you suspect that your teen is already using alcohol and drugs? What do you say to them? Parents need to tell their kids that drug and alcohol use is not allowed in your family. Read more

The Risks of "Experimentation"

What's the Big Deal About Marijuana? "But it's only marijuana" or "It's only alcohol," you say. "It's a rite of passage." "Teens are expected to experiment." Not any more. Read more

How to talk to your kids about drugs if you did drugs.

The fact that you've had experience may actually be an advantage. Read more

Young people use drugs for different reasons in different situations.

Here are a few explanations that may be helpful in understanding the ways in which people use drugs. Read more

General symptoms of drug use. Click here

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