Check out these resources to help you start—and keep up—the conversation  with your children about the dangers of drinking alcohol and using other drugs at a young age.

Talk to your kids – 5 conversation goals

Research shows that one of the most important factors in healthy child development is a strong, open relationship with a parent. It is important to start talking to your children about alcohol and other drugs before they are exposed to them.

Underage Drinking Myths vs Facts   

You probably see and hear a lot about alcohol – from TV, movies, social media, and your friends.  But what are the real facts?  Here are some common myths and facts about alcohol use.

Tobacco Use – Tips for Talking to Teens Tips for Teens_

Get the facts about how tobacco use can effect development in teens.

Opioids – Tips for Talking to Teens

Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drub heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription. Learn how they can effect a growing teen.

Marijuana – Tips for Talking to Teens

Marijuana affects the brain cells throughout thee brain, including cells in circuits related to learning and memory, coordination and addiction.

Inhalants – Tips for Talking to Teens 

Inhalants are gases or fumes from everyday products that are inhaled or sniffed to cause an immediate high. They cut off oxygen to the brain and can damage your ability to think clearly.

E-Cigarettes – Tips for Talking to Teens

E-cigarettes are a way to inhale nicotine and marijuana.  The aerosol emitted can also contain other harmful substances to children.

The Body’s Response to Opioids

If you are addicted to opioids, the drug can take over your life, and i makes it hard to enjoy things that used to make you happy.

The Body’s Response to Nicotine

Nicotine is absorbed into your bloodstream and goes to your adrenal glands just above your kidneys. The glands release adrenaline which increases your blood pressure, breathing and heart rate.

The Body’s Response to Marijuana

Over time, marijuana can change the way your brain works.  If you stop using marijuana, your body can get confused and can start to feel sick.

Drugs and the Brain

Learn how drugs change the way that the neurons on our brain talk to each other.