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Kids hear about drugs everywhere, it seems: on TV, the radio, the news, or online; in music and movies; and sometimes even on the street or on the playground. The teen years are the most likely time for someone to start trying drugs. And starting drug use as a teen can lead to drug problems when they grow up.

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There are many things you can do to help your children stay away from drugs and make good choices:

  • Talk with your children about drugs. Explain why taking drugs can hurt their health, their friends and family, and their future. Tell them you don't want them to take drugs that they aren’t supposed to. You can also share the websites found in the Drug Use Prevention Phone Numbers and Websites section.
  • Text your teen. Send positive text messages to your teen or follow up a conversation with a text that reminds them of your talk. You don't have to worry about popular texting language. Just write the way you talk.
  • Be a part of their lives. Spend time together. Even when times are hard, kids can make it when they know that the adults in their life care about them. Give your child your full attention. Turn off your TV, cell phone, or computer, and really listen.
  • Know where your children are and what they're doing. Keeping track of your children helps you protect them. It gives them fewer chances to get into drugs.
  • Set clear rules and enforce them fairly. Kids need rules they can count on. That is how they learn for themselves what is safe and what can get them in trouble.
  • Be a good example for your children. You might not think so, but kids look up to their parents. Show them how you get along with people and deal with stress, so they can learn how to do it.
  • Teach your children how to refuse drugs. Kids often do drugs just to fit in with the other kids. Help them practice how to say no if someone offers them drugs.
  • Make your home safe. Know the people you have in the house and avoid having people who abuse drugs and alcohol there. Keep track of medicines and cleaning products you have in the house.

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