Substance Misuse

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Say "No" to Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco

Abusing alcohol, drugs and tobacco at a young age can be harmful to a student’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical development, and it increases the risk of unsafe behaviors, automobile fatalities, and substance abuse later in life.

What You Can Do

Parents are important influences on their children's behavior.

  • Share your values and expectations with your kid. Make a drug- and alcohol-free pact with through high school and college.
  • Set consequences. Do not allow them to think they are "getting away" with behavior that is unacceptable to the family.
  • Keep communication open about alcohol and drug use. If you overreact to bad news associated with drug and alcohol use by teens in your community, you are likely not to get a full story when you bring up the issue the next time.
  • Help your student develop a strong sense of self-esteem, along with the social skills necessary to withstand peer pressure to use alcohol and other drugs.
  • Set a good example with your own habits. Do not use drugs, and be moderate or abstain in your own use of alcohol.

Teach your children the dangers of substance abuse

America’s Opioid Epidemic - Know the Facts

One of the fastest growing epidemics in the United States today is prescription pain medication misuse, with opioid misuse among youth on the rise at an alarming rate.

National PTA, in partnership with the AMA Alliance, has developed this turn-key webinar and fact sheet for state, council/region/district and local PTAs to use to educate middle-school parents on the dangers of opioid misuse, the importance of communicating the risks of prescription drug misuse to middle school students, the need for safe storage and disposal of prescription drugs, and the signs of substance abuse.


The Vaping Crisis in Our Youth

There is a disturbingly high increase in the number of teens using e-cigarettes. The market has exploded, promoting appealing flavors and discreet design, but leaving long term and harmful consequences.

Join us as we discuss the data, the effects and what we can do in this October 25, 2018 recorded webinar facilitated by Kelly Langston, Member, National PTA Mission Engagement Committee, and featuring speakers Marcella Bianco, CATCH My Breath Program Manager; Lorrie Odom, MD, Co-Chair, Colorado PTA Health, Wellness and Safety Committee; and Yvonne Johnson, Member, National PTA Resolutions Committee.


Learn More 

  • Power of Parents (MADD): An underage drinking prevention program that targets parents of high school students.
  • Smart Moves, Smart Choices (National Association of School Nurses): Helps parents start a conversation with their child about prescription drug abuse and misuse.