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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.

Latest Resources

Medetomidine: Adding to the Overdose Crisis

Medetomidine is an animal tranquilizer increasingly being found in the drug supply. Even though medetomidine is made for animals, it can be dangerous if people use it.

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Nitazenes: A new dangerous opioid

Nitazenes are powerful lab-made opioids, such as metonitazene and isotonitazene, with no approved medical use. They are potentially 40 times stronger than fentanyl and are difficult to detect through standard drug tests or testing strips.

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Tianeptine: "Gas Station Heroin"

The FDA and many state health agencies are raising the alarm about tianeptine, also called “gas station heroin." It is illegally marketed in smoke shops, convenience stores, gas stations and online as a dietary supplement, research chemical or brain enhancer. Some of the more common brand names include ZaZa, Pegasus, Neptune’s Fix and Tianna Red.

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Ibogaine is a natural substance found in the root of a plant that grows in West Africa. In small amounts, ibogaine works as a mild stimulant, and people have been using it for a long time to fight tiredness, hunger, and thirst. When taken in larger amounts, it can create strong mind-altering experiences.

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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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