Spot Signs of Use

Learn how to spot the warning signs of teen and young adult substance use and what to do when you suspect an issue.

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Know the Warning Signs

Figuring out if your child is using drugs or alcohol can be challenging. If you’ve noticed any of the described changes or behaviors in your child, don’t be afraid to err on the side of caution.

If You Suspect Use, Begin Taking Action

Before you intervene, take time to prepare yourself for the important conversation ahead, and to lay the foundation for more positive outcomes.

Start the Conversation with Your Son or Daughter

Discovering that your son or daughter could be using drugs stirs up a lot of emotion. The best way to find out what’s going on, and to begin helping, is to start talking.

Don’t Write It Off As “Just Experimenting”

We do everything we can to keep our kids safe. When it comes to teen drug use, why do so many parents shrug it off as “a rite of passage?”

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Talk With Your Child About Vaping

Equip yourself with the knowledge and tools to proactively discuss the dangers of e-cigarettes, vaping products and nicotine itself with your son or daughter.

Explore the Parent Drug Guide

Get the facts, know the risks, better identify substance specific warning signs and connect with the most relevant resources offered by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

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