Few parents ever imagine that their child will grow up to do drugs, but drug usage among kids and teens is a stark reality. Drugs are everywhere — from big cities to small towns — and are used by people of all ages, races, and economic means.
Knowing what drugs are available, what they can do, and how they can affect someone is the first step in raising drug-free kids. The second step — and probably most important — is to talk to your child early and often about the dangers of drugs.
Click below to learn about some common drugs:
|Partnership for a Drugfree America This site features information about drugs and their effects and treatments. The site also shows paraphernalia associated with different drugs and includes personal stories.|
|Web of Addictions Web of Addictions provides information about alcohol and drug addictions.|
|National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information This organization provides resources and referrals related to drug and alcohol abuse. Call: (800) 729-6686|
|Inhalant.org Information for parents on inhalant abuse, including how to spot warning signs.|
|Addiction Help Line Submit a request for a referral on this site, and it will help direct you to the nearest and most appropriate treatment centers.|
|Prescription Drug Abuse Why do people abuse prescription drugs? Some think that because a doctor prescribed them they must be stronger. Others believe they're safer and less addictive than street drugs. But there are many downsides to experimenting with prescription drugs.|
|I Think I May Have a Drinking/Drug Problem. What Should I Do? Find out what the experts have to say.|
|Talking to Your Child About Drugs Just as you inoculate your kids against illnesses like measles, you can help "immunize" them against drug use by giving them the facts now.|
|Drugs: What You Should Know Lots of people are tempted by the excitement or escape that drugs seem to offer. But learning the facts about drugs can help you see them for what they are - and can help you steer clear.|
|Dealing With Peer Pressure Did you ever feel like another kid was trying to get you to do something you didn't want to do? If so, you've felt peer pressure. Find out more in this article for kids.|
|Is It Ever OK for Pregnant Women to Take Recreational Drugs? Find out what the experts have to say.|
|Understanding Medications and What They Do Medicines can cure, stop, or prevent disease; ease symptoms; or help in the diagnosis of certain illnesses. This article describes different types of medications and offers tips on taking them.|
|What You Need to Know About Drugs Drugs are chemicals that change the way a person's body works. Some drugs help you feel better, but drugs also can harm you. Learn more in this article for kids.|
|Cough and Cold Medicine Abuse Chugging cough medicine for an instant high isn't a new practice for teens, who have raided the medicine cabinet for a quick, cheap, and legal high for decades. Unfortunately, this dangerous, potentially deadly practice still goes on.|
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