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Substance Abuse

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From the American Academy of Pediatrics, here are some facts about kids and drug use:

  • 40% of U.S. teens say they expect to use a drug in the future.
  • One out of every five kids in eighth grade has already tried marijuana.
  • Teens who smoke cigarettes are more likely to drink alcohol.
  • Teens who smoke and drink are more likely to use marijuana. And those who use all three are more likely to use other illicit drugs.
  • Long-term studies show that use of other illicit drugs among youth almost never occurs unless they have first used marijuana.

The most important fact you should know: Kids who learn from their parents about the dangers of substance abuse, underage drinking, and other harmful activities are less likely to use those substances. As a parent, you have the power to keep your children safe and drug-free. use these resources from PTA to help you talk to your kids about substance abuse.

 

Parent Guides

Preventing Alcohol Abuse Among Teens
Signs of alcohol abuse and ways to prevent teens from abusing alcohol

Dangers of Ecstasy Abuse
Dangers, symptoms and preventive measures for Ecstasy abuse.

 

PTA Publications & Presentations

Preventing Teen Prescription Drug Abuse
The importance of parental involvement in the prevention of drug abuse among teens.

 

Third Party Resources

Keeping Kids Drug-Free
Kids who learn from their parents about the dangers of substance abuse are less likely to abuse substances.