Tips, information, and publications aimed at preventing substance abuse
The use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs is the major health problem facing our nation’s youth, as it can quickly lead to addiction, associated chronic diseases, failure at school, and delinquency.
A 2001 survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported that one in five 12- to 17-year-olds had used marijuana - which is continually cultivated to be more potent than ever - at some time. In 2001, about one in nine in this age group had used an illegal drug in the past month. Almost half of those who smoked cigarettes in the past month had also used illegal drugs. According to another SAMHSA study the same year, only one in 20 teens who did not smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol had used illegal drugs.
As a result, there’s every reason to believe that early education and intervention can keep kids on track.
Information about Drug Abuse
How Parents Can Prevent Drug Abuse
Research shows that the main reason that kids don't use alcohol, tobacco, or drugs is because of their parents
Girls and Drug Abuse
Tips for parents on dealing with girls and drug abuse
Information for identifying and preventing inhalant abuse
Techniques that adults can use to prevent drug abuse by youth
Publications and Products on Drug Abuse
Positive Change Through Policy
This online guide features examples of policies that create safer communities
Downloadable Resources on Drug Abuse
|323.5 kB||A report on the methods Washington state used to respond to increasing methamphetamine use||Responding to Methamphetamine, Washington State's Promising Example|
|379.0 kB||Reproducible brochure about the dangers of inhalant abuse and how to prevent it||Sniffing Your Life Away|
|894.7 kB||Reproducible brochure for parents with tips on how to talk to children about drugs||Talking to Your Kids About Drugs|
|183.9 kB||A cartoon strip that shows the importance of promoting positive activities for kids to prevent drug use||What Should We Do?|
|151.9 kB||A cartoon strip dealing with youth and alcohol consumption||You Know You Shouldn't Drink, Right?|