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
Bath Salts and Synthetic Drugs Fact sheet. Click here to download.
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
|4.5 MB||Reproducible brochure with facts and advice about alcohol for teenagers||Dangers of Drinking|
|335.5 kB||Reproducible handout that identifies the risks of smoking for teenagers||Don't Go Up In Smoke|
|746.1 kB||Reproducible brochure for teenagers on preventing drug abuse by their peers||Don't Lose a Friend to Drugs|
|199.6 kB||A cartoon strip about educating your children about drugs||Drugs are Bad|
|66.8 kB||Informative brochure with facts about alcohol-related accidents for young adults||Dying To Drink? The Hard Facts|
|348.1 kB||Reproducible brochure with ideas for celebrating safely on campus||Has boredom set in? Studies getting you down? IT'S PARTY TIME!|
|341.7 kB||Reproducible handout on the facts regarding marijuana use and consequences for teenagers||Marijuana: Common, Dangerous, and Still Illegal|
|11.4 MB||This presentation covers the history of meth; what meth is; what meth looks like; street names; signs, symptoms, and methods of use; side effects of meth abuse;...||Methamphetamine Abuse and Clandestine Laboratories|
|26.5 kB||Reproducible brochure about the harmful effects of methamphetamines||Methamphetamine: Nothing to Rave About|
|212.4 kB||A cartoon strip that shows normal kids don't use drugs.||Normal Kids|