Knowing when and how to have a conversation with your child or teen about the harms of alcohol and drug misuse and abuse can be difficult. Below are a few trusted resources to help guide you through these topics and give you tips for having helpful conversations with your kids. It may not seem like it, but research shows that parents are the number one influence on the choices young people make regarding substance use.

The Child Mind Institute provides some great resources for communicating with your teen and developing strong parent-child relationships. Tips in this article can apply to most any conversation you have with your teen.

Click the image to link to the Child Mind Institute website.

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids has created a terrific guide designed to help you talk to your kids about marijuana. It provides facts about marijuana, conversation starters, tips for active listening and much more.

Click on the image of the Marijuana Talk Kit to download the PDF.

Quick tips to keep in mind when you’re talking to your child or teen about alcohol and drugs. Keeping these five conversation goals in mind can help set you up for success.

Click here to download the PDF document.

Click on the “Talk They Hear You” logo for additional parent resources from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration.

The recent increase in vaping among teens and young adults is cause for concern. The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids has provided this Parent Toolkit for you. Inside the guide you will find answers to the questions: What is vaping? Is vaping safe? and What should parents know?

Click the image of the parent guide to download the PDF.

Click the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids logo to get to their web page.

Talking to your teen about prescription drug safety will empower them to start building life-long habits that can protect themselves and others. The Take Meds Seriously Oregon website has trusted tips for safe use, safe storage, and safe disposal of prescription medication. It also includes a listing of locations where unused over-the-counter or prescription medications can be safely disposed in Central Oregon.

Click the Take Meds Seriously Oregon logo to visit that website.

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