Teen substance use

The teen and young adult years are confusing, complicated and formative. Understanding what's happening socially and developmentally — and how it can intersect with substance use — is fundamental to setting the stage for healthier outcomes.

Worried about possible use?

It's important to take any substance use seriously, but before acting on impulse, take a breath and review strategies for communicating effectively and encouraging positive behavior change.

Recursos en Español

Usted no está solo! Muchas familias están pasando por lo mismo que usted está pasando, enfrentándose al uso de drogas o alcohol de su hijo o hija, y estamos aquí para ayudarle.

Cómo Hablar Sobre el Uso de Marihuana

Sabemos que hablar con su hijo sobre los riesgos de la marihuana puede ser difícil. Estamos para ayudarle.

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Guía de Vapear

Lo Que Usted Necesita Saber y Cómo Hablarle a Sus Hijos Acerca de Vapear.

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6 Prácticas de Crianza

Aquí le ofrecemos 6 prácticas de crianza, basadas en investigaciones, que lo pueden dirigir por el camino correcto.

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Information by substance

Everything you need to know to better prevent the use or misuse of the substances most accessible to teens and young adults.

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Marijuana and Fentanyl

You might have heard some worrying stories or rumors saying that marijuana may be laced with fentanyl, but it's important to look closely at these claims and figure out if they're true. The short answer is that they are false -- there is no solid evidence that marijuana is being laced with fentanyl. Here are some of the reasons why:

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Spotting Addictive Substances

In recent years, edible products containing THC, flavored alcoholic seltzers, and nicotine vapes are marketed to young people with sweet, fruity, and minty flavors. Companies pay influencers and celebrities to endorse them. Plus, the discreet packaging makes it easy to hide from adults.

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Risk Factors for Substance Use

Discovering that your child is experimenting with substances can make you wonder: Is this a normal phase, or could it lead to serious problems? Instead of leaving things to chance, let’s dive into what you need to know about risk factors.

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What Is Kratom?

Despite its widespread availability, Kratom can be unhealthy and even dangerous. Learn more about what it is, why it’s used and how you can protect your loved one.

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CBD: What Parents Need to Know

CBD is now becoming more and more available, and is often marketed to young people. As a family member, you may wonder if it’s safe and if it works.

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Having Tough Conversations

During their teenage years, children’s brains are still developing, and continue to do so until their mid-20s or later. Substance use during this time period can negatively interfere with this development. It’s vital to intervene you're worried about your teen using substances.

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