Parenting can be the greatest job on earth—and the toughest. You want your children to be healthy, but you worry what they will do when faced with the decision of whether to try drugs or alcohol.This guide offers information that can help you raise drug-free children. You may read it from front to back like a book, or pick a topic from the Table of Contents and go directly to that page. This guide...
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An overview of substance use among young people, with a special focus on how it affects academic performance;■ Descriptions of some substances young people use;■ A look at risk factors that may make kids more vulnerable to trying and using alcohol, tobacco,or other drugs, and protective factors to offset those risks;■ Suggestions for how to talk to children about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, regardless of their age; and■ Tips on what to do if you suspect your child is using alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.Please note that “substances” or “drugs” in this guide refer to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs collectively.Section 6 of this guide lists places where you can find more information about drug and alcohol abuse prevention. In Section 2, you can learn about specific substances.On these pages, we refer to children, adolescents, kids, youngsters, and young people without regard to age. Until they become adults, they are all children who need healthy adult role models. This guide is for all of the caregivers in your child’s life. We hope you share it with your child’s older siblings, aunts and uncles, family friends, stepparents, grandparents, extended family members, and others who have the power to influence your child.