Drugs: What Parents Need to Know

Drugs: What Parents Need to Know

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:





Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

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