Drugs & Your Family

  • Drugs and Sexual Assault: What You Should KnowDrugs and Sexual Assault: What You Should Know

    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month Whether at a bar, at a party, or even at a “friend’s” home – drug-facilitated sexual assault can happen to anyone at any time. For this reason, it’s important that the young people in your life understand the danger and are aware of the facts to protect themselves from becoming victims.

  • Should Your Teen Take that Opioid Prescription?Should Your Teen Take that Opioid Prescription?

    Whether due to a sport injury, getting wisdom teeth pulled, or just a freak accident, there are many reasons why doctors may prescribe opioid painkillers to teens.

  • Teen Dating Violence and Drug UseTeen Dating Violence and Drug Use

    February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness month. How much do you know about your teen’s relationship with his or her partner?   While the majority of teen relationships are fairly normal, teen dating violence is probably more common than you think.

  • Teens and VapingTeens and Vaping

    According to a new survey, the use of electronic cigarettes (also known as “vaping”) is pretty popular among U.S. teens.

  • This Holiday Season, Talk to Your Young Adult about the #1 U.S. Health Crisis: OpioidsThis Holiday Season, Talk to Your Young Adult about the #1 U.S. Health Crisis: Opioids

    The holidays provide an excellent opportunity to talk to your young adults about the devastating effects of opioid and prescription drug misuse, writes SAMHSA's Frances M. Harding.

  • Help Your Teen Avoid Drug-laced FoodHelp Your Teen Avoid Drug-laced Food

    Many of us have told our loved ones to watch out for spiked drinks at parties. But do you also need to warn your teens about drugs in their food?

  • Rx Awareness - Personal StoriesRx Awareness - Personal Stories

    Opioid addiction has reached a crisis level in communities across the nation. In response, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently launched their Rx Awareness campaign to bring attention to the dangers of prescription drug abuse. See their stories.

  • Teach Your Teen to Stand Up to Peer PressureTeach Your Teen to Stand Up to Peer Pressure

    While you might have talked to your kids at length about the dangers of drug use, it’s still normal for most teen or pre-teens to want to fit in with their peers. Having a genuine relationship with your teen is a key component of any drug prevention strategy.  But here are a few other ways you can help your child withstand the peer pressure to use drugs.

  • Tips for a Safe and Drug-free Homecoming SeasonTips for a Safe and Drug-free Homecoming Season

    Homecoming season is officially upon us. During this time of year, excitement around the football game, homecoming court, spirit week and the dance fills the autumn air. Unfortunately, these social occasions can also be a time when some teens decide to experiment with drugs. Consider these tips to promote a safe, drug-free homecoming season:

  • Seven Ways Your Teen Can De-stressSeven Ways Your Teen Can De-stress

    Take a look at these seven healthy, drug-free ways your teen can destress.

Featured Articles

  • Driving while drugged can impair a person's ability to drive a car. Learn more about this dangerous activity.
  • The teen years are often a time to explore and learn more about themselves as they approach adulthood. Often, this involves experimenting and testing their boundaries. The desire to do something new or risky is a normal part of teen development.
  • 97% of teens don't use prescription drugs to get high. Watch this video to learn why taking prescription drugs to get high can have serious health effects including addiction and overdose.