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Be aware

  • Educate yourself about drugs

  • Know your child's friends and where they hang out

  • Establish family rules about drugs, alcohol, gangs and dress styles and enforce your rules

  • Make the time to know what is happening in your child's life

  • Foster self-esteem and respect in your child's feelings and attitudes

  • If you suspect a problem, get help NOW. Contact your school, church, community organization, a counselor or your police department

Drug Abuse Resistance Education is a comprehensive drug and violence prevention education program in kindergarten through 12th grade
D.A.R.E.
  • D.A.R.E. Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Cincinnati

  • D.A.R.E. Program of the Laramie Police Departments

  • DAREFest.com is a collaborative effort by DARE officers, educators, students, parents, and community to offer an educational program in the classroom to prevent or reduce drug abuse and violence among children and youth.

Warning signs for drug and alcohol abuse in children

Just Say No teaches kids the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Information and games explain why drugs are harmful, ways to say no, ways to avoid peer pressure, where to get help, and how to make good decisions when confronted with drugs.

Partnership for a Drug-Free America

Kids and drugs.

It can be an overwhelming issue to deal with—but it doesn't have to be. All you really need to begin are the 10 easy tips on this page. Put them into practice and your kids will reap the rewards of healthy, drug-free lives.

  1. Be your kids' greatest fan. Compliment them on all of their efforts, the strength of their character, and their individuality.

  2. Get your kids involved in adult-supervised after-school activities. Ask them what types of activities they're interested in and contact the school principal or guidance counselor to find out what activities are available for your child. Sometimes it takes a bit of experimenting to find out which activities your kids are best suited for, but it's worth the effort—feeling competent makes kids much less likely to use drugs.

  3. Help your kids develop tools they can use to get out of alcohol- or drug-related situations. Let them know they can use you as an excuse: "My mom would kill me if I drank a beer!"

  4. Get to know your children's friends and their parents. Set appointments for yourself to call them and check-in to make sure they share your views on alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Steer your kids away from any friends who use drugs.

  5. Call kids' parents if their home is to be used for a party. Make sure that the party will be alcohol-free and supervised by adults.

  6. Set curfews and enforce them. Let kids know the consequences of breaking curfew.

  7. Encourage open dialogue with your children about their experiences. Make sure your children understand that they can ask you anything—and that you'll give them an honest answer.

  8. Set a no-use rule for alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

  9. Sit down for dinner with your children at least once a week. Use the time to talk—don't eat in front of the TV.

  10. Get—and stay—involved in your children's lives.

   
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