For Parents

Easy-to-read advice for talking to children and teens about alcohol and other drug abuse.

Tips if you once used drugs or were addicted. You can still make a difference!

Here are some simple, effective text messages you can send your teen to reinforce the rules – and that you care about them! (PDF file)

Read some Mythbusters about common perceptions about underage drinking.

Parent Up Vermont has tips and videos for Vermonters and parents looking for more tips on talking to kids.

5 Things Parents Do that can encourage substance abuse.

Ways to talk with your children that encourage them to open up.


Tell your teen about alcohol’s impact on athletic performance.

Hosting an underage drinking party is illegal and can lead to fines and jail time. Learn more.

Prescription Drug Abuse and Misuse

Abuse and accidental poisonings can be prevented. Visit Up and Away for tips to keep your family safe.

These fact sheets from Stop Medicine Abuse are great to share with family, friends, even your child’s doctor or teacher.

Smart Moves, Smart Choices has facts and quizzes about prescription drug abuse for parents, educators, and teens.

“Spice,” Smacked, K2

The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Hampshire has a factsheet on this new and controversial drug.


The American Cancer Society and American Lung Association has tips for talking with kids about tobacco. Most Sullivan County teens who have tried tobacco begin smoking when they’re under 17.

Additional tips for starting a conversation with your teen.

E-Cigarettes are being marketed to young people and are on the rise. Learn the facts.

Menthol is another ingredient in cigarettes sold to young people. Studies now show the added menthol can make cigarettes more addictive.


Facts Parents Need to Know from the Department of Health and Human Services.

The latest in research on marijuana’s long-term effects on health and the brain.

Other Drugs

Synthetic drugs like K2, “spice” and “bath salts” are gaining popularity. Learn more about these substances and how you can stop their abuse.

Other Resources

Warning signs of addiction in your teen’s home or car. Experts do not recommend testing your teens at home for drug use.

What are your kids getting sold? Read more about how tobacco and alcohol advertisers target your teen and help them resist these pressures.

Avoiding dating violence and talking with your kids about healthy relationships. Victims of dating violence are at greater risk for substance abuse.

Learn more about bullying and how to stop it.

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