Talking To Your Kids About Drugs

From The Office Of National Drug Control Policy's "Parents The Anti-Drug™" Initiative (

Having the "drug talk" with your kids early - and often - is the best practice.
  1. Address Peer Pressure

    No matter where children grow up or who their friends are, nearly all of them are confronted at some time or another by friends with bad ideas, ways of testing limits, getting in trouble and doing things they'll regret later.

  2. Be a Good Role Model

    Be a role model of the person you want your kid to be. What stronger anti-drug message is there?

  3. Did You Use Drugs?

    Among the most common drug-related questions asked of parents is: "Did you ever use drugs?"

  4. Know Your Influence Matters

    Teens who learn anti-drug messages at home are 42% less likely to use drugs.

  5. Limit Media Access

    Many parents are concerned about pro-drug messages on TV or in movies and music. Some parents choose to restrict their children's access to media content and tell them why.

  6. Make Your Position on Drugs Clear

    Make your position clear when it comes to dangerous substances like alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Don't assume that your children know where you stand.

  7. Set Ground Rules

    Research shows that young people are less likely to use tobacco, alcohol and other drugs if their parents set clear rules about not doing so.