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Talk to Your Kids about Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs

Talk to your child about the dangers of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. Knowing the facts will help your child make healthy choices.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Drugs: Shatter the Myths- (PDF)

This Q&A booklet answers teens' most frequently asked questions about drugs and drug abuse.

Review Date: May 18, 2011

NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse - NIDA

Frequently Asked Questions About Inhalants

Learn about inhalant abuse, products used as inhalants, common signs and characteristics of an inhalant user, damage and long-term health effects, and more.

Review Date: February 09, 2011

National Inhalant Prevention Coalition

NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse

This Web site teaches adolescents ages 11 through 15 (as well as their parents and teachers) on the science behind drug abuse. Find facts on drugs, interactive games, blogs, videos, and real stories of what teens face when turning their lives around.

Review Date: January 23, 2013

NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse - NIDA

Drug Self-Awareness Quizzes

Ever wondered if you or someone you know might have a problem with alcohol or drugs? To help you get a handle on where you stand, take these drug and alcohol quizzes.

Review Date: January 03, 2013

The Partnership at Drugfree.org

Above the Influence

The more aware you are of the influences around you, the better prepared you will be to face them, including the pressure to use drugs, pills, and alcohol.

Review Date: February 01, 2011

Office of National Drug Control Policy, The White House

Contract for Life

This contract is designed to facilitate communication between young people and their parents about potentially destructive decisions related to alcohol, drugs, peer pressure and behavior.

Review Date: February 08, 2013

SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)

Drug Facts

The term "club drugs" usually refers to those substances that are sometimes associated with the dance club and rave culture of the last decade.

Review Date: March 24, 2013

Drug Policy Alliance

Drug Guide for Parents- (PDF)

Learn about 13 categories of drugs, why they are dangerous, how kids and teens use and abuse them, and physical signs of use that kids typically exhibit.

Review Date: April 03, 2012

The Partnership at Drugfree.org

Drug Testing: Current List of Certified Labs

Find the current list of United States Department of Health and Human Services certified laboratories.

Review Date: April 11, 2012

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - SAMHSA
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Drugs That People Abuse

Learn about some of the most commonly abused drugs.

Review Date: November 01, 2012

NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse - NIDA

Drugs, Alcohol and HIV/AIDS: A Consumer Guide for African Americans- (PDF)

Drug and alcohol use can lead to risky behaviors that can increase your exposure to HIV/AIDS. This brochure for African Americans discusses the issue of substance abuse and HIV.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - SAMHSA
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Emerging Drugs

Get more information on K2/Spice, Salvia and Bath Salts.

Review Date: July 12, 2012

NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse - NIDA

Facts on Drugs

Find the real facts on how different drugs affect the brain and body.

Review Date: January 16, 2012

NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse - NIDA

Facts on Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drugs

Abusing prescription drugs can have negative short- and long-term health consequences. Read about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs.

Review Date: June 21, 2012

NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse - NIDA

Find a Meeting: Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) offers recovery to addicts around the world with a focus on the disease of addiction rather than any particular drug. Find a meeting in your area.

Review Date: May 25, 2011

Narcotics Anonymous

Get the Facts: Prescription Drug Abuse on College Campuses- (PDF)

Many college students mistakenly believe prescription medications are safe because they are FDA approved and prescribed by a doctor. But all medications have risks. Recognize the symptoms of prescription misuse and abuse, and get help, if necessary.

Review Date: May 01, 2012

National Council on Patient Information and Education

Getting High on Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drugs Is Dangerous- (PDF)

This document explains to parents the dangers of teenagers abusing prescription drugs and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. Includes warning signs that your child may be using prescription or OTC drugs to get high.

Review Date: April 11, 2012

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - SAMHSA
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Help Teens Say “No”

Get tips on how to help your teen say “no” to peer pressure.

Review Date: January 16, 2012

The Partnership at Drugfree.org

Helpline Numbers: Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous Helplines and Web sites offering support with drug addiction can be located by geographical region in the United States and throughout the world.

Review Date: May 25, 2011

Narcotics Anonymous

How Are Alcohol and Drugs Affecting Your Life? Self-Test For Teenagers

This online self-test can help teens decide if they are at risk for developing alcoholism and/or dependence on another drug.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.

How to Tell If Your Teen Is Using Drugs, and Taking Action to Intervene

Get tips on what to do if you think your child is using drugs or alcohol.

Review Date: January 16, 2012

The Partnership at Drugfree.org

Marijuana: Facts for Teens

Presented in question-and-answer format and targeted to teens, this document provides facts about marijuana and its potential harmful effects.

Review Date: March 26, 2013

NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse - NIDA

Marijuana: Facts Parents Need to Know

This booklet offers parents scientific facts about the dangers of marijuana and tips on talking to their children about drug use.

Review Date: February 01, 2011

NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse - NIDA

Mind Over Matter

This series is designed to encourage children in grades five through nine to learn about the effects of drug abuse on the body and the brain.

Review Date: February 01, 2011

NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse - NIDA

National Drug IQ Challenge

Test your knowledge on drugs and drug abuse by taking the interactive National Drug IQ Challenge quiz!

Review Date: May 18, 2011

NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse - NIDA

Opioid and Pain Reliever Facts

Repeated abuse of opioids can lead to addiction—compulsive drug seeking and abuse despite its known harmful consequences. Learn more about opioids.

Review Date: June 21, 2012

NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse - NIDA

PEERx: Rx Abuse Is Drug Abuse

Learn about prescription drug abuse and dangerous health consequences when used incorrectly or by someone other than for whom they were intended.

Review Date: March 01, 2011

NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse - NIDA

Performance-Enhancing Drugs: Know the Risks

Take the time to learn about the potential benefits, the health risks and the many unknowns regarding so-called performance-enhancing drugs such as anabolic steroids, human growth hormone, diuretics, and stimulants.

Review Date: March 09, 2011

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Prescription Drug Abuse Chart

This chart provides a brief look at some prescribed medications that—when used improperly—have the potential for abuse and even addiction.

Review Date: February 03, 2011

NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse - NIDA

Prescription Drug Abuse: Not in My House

Learn about steps you can take to help protect your kids from prescription drug abuse.

Review Date: September 12, 2011

The Partnership at Drugfree.org

Prescription Painkiller Overdoses: Use and Abuse of Methadone as a Painkiller

More than 30% of prescription painkiller deaths involve methadone, even though only 2% of painkiller prescriptions are for this drug. Find out what you can do to prevent the misuse of Methadone.

Review Date: July 05, 2012

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control - NCIPC
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Prevent Drug Abuse

Get information on keeping kids healthy and drug free.

Review Date: January 16, 2012

Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Department of Justice

Preventing Teen Abuse of Prescription Drugs- (PDF)

Prescription drug abuse by teens and young adults is a serious problem in the United States. The Partnership for a Drug-Free America is making sure that parents, young adults and teens know the very real risks of misusing medicine.

Review Date: March 07, 2013

The Partnership at Drugfree.org

Recovery and the Military: Treating Veterans and Their Families

This webcast explores alcohol and drug addiction among veterans, post-traumatic stress disorder and other contributing stressors, and the effect of addiction on families. Addiction treatment issues, and the service options available to vets and their families, are discussed too.

Review Date: February 15, 2013

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - SAMHSA
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Six Parenting Practices: Help Reduce the Chances Your Child Will Develop a Drug or Alcohol Problem- (PDF)

These six practices include: being a good role model, knowing your child's friends, setting boundaries, having ongoing conversations with your child about drugs and alcohol, and more.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

The Partnership at Drugfree.org

Steroids

It's important to understand the facts about steroids, their side effects, and what can drive kids to try them. Being aware of the kinds of pressures kids deal with in sports can help you make sure that your child isn't at risk.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

The Nemours Foundation

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Publications

Find publications offering information on substance abuse and mental health issues, treatment, prevention, and recovery. Ordering information provided.

Review Date: February 21, 2013

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - SAMHSA
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Substance Abuse Quiz

Answer these questions to test your knowledge about drugs and alcohol.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

The Nemours Foundation

The Partnership at Drugfree.org

This site motivates and equips parents to prevent their children from using drugs and alcohol, and to find help and treatment for family and friends in trouble. Get expert advice and support.

Review Date: February 03, 2011

The Partnership at Drugfree.org

Tips For Teens: The Truth About Steroids

Steroids are used to treat certain diseases, but some people use them to enhance muscle mass and athletic performance. This fact sheet focuses on teens and steroids, summarizing the side effects and risks associated with steroid use.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - SAMHSA
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Video: Why Are Drugs So Hard to Quit?

Learn about drug addiction and how you can get help.

Review Date: November 01, 2012

NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse - NIDA

What to Look for - Signs and Symptoms of Drug and Alcohol Abuse

If you’re worried that your son or daughter might be abusing alcohol or drugs, learn the warning signs and how to find help and support for yourself.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.

Why Is Adolescence a Critical Time for Preventing Drug Addiction?

Judgment and decision-making skills are still developing in teens, so their ability to assess risks accurately and make sound decisions about using drugs may be limited. Preventing early use of drugs or alcohol may reduce the risk of progressing to later abuse and addiction.

Review Date: December 17, 2012

Phoenix House Center on Addiction and the Family