Parents

Talk it Out
Start the conversation. Stop underage drinking.

College Parents Matter
Tools and scripts to improve communication with your college student.

Mother’s Against Drunk Driving
Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking.

Power of Parents
MADD’s Power of Parents program can give you the tools you need to handle hard situations.

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
A nonprofit organization working to reduce teen substance abuse and support families impacted by addiction.

  • Parent Toolkit – Topics Include: How to better understand teens, How to connect with your kids, How to spot drug and alcohol use, How to help if they are using, and more.
  • Drug Guide for Parents  – Learn the facts to keep your teen safe.
  • The Teen Brain – From mood swings to risk taking, “normal teenage behavior” can appear to be anything-but-normal to parents and other bystanders. However, new research reveals that patterns of brain development during these formative years play a significant role in shaping your teen’s personality and actions.
  • The Medicine Abuse Project – Information about prevention of prescription drug abuse, painkiller addiction, and over-the-counter (OTC) medicine abuse. It provides information about how to dispose of medicine and how to safeguard the medicine in your home.
  • Marijuana Talk Kit – The Marijuana Talk Kit will help you have meaningful, productive conversations with your teen.
  • Parents Toll-Free Helpline – “Are you feeling overwhelmed, stressed or have a specific question about your child’s drug or alcohol use? Our Helpline is a nationwide support service that offers assistance to parents and other primary caregivers of children who want to talk to someone about their child’s drug use and drinking.”
  • Helpline – A nationwide support service that offers assistance to parents who want to talk to someone about their child’s drug use and drinking.

Generation Rx
This website provides educational resources to help prevent the misuse of prescription medications. Explore this site to learn about the scope, causes and consequences of this national public health epidemic and take action by sharing what you have learned with others using free, ready-to-use resources.

Parents Toll-Free Helpline
1-855-DRUGFREE / 1-855-378-4373

North Carolina Information & Referral
1-800-688-4232

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK / 1-800-273-8255

Family Checkup: Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
Families strive to find the best ways to raise their children to live happy, healthy, and productive lives. Parents are often concerned about whether their children will start or are already using drugs such as tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, and others, including the abuse of prescription drugs. Research supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has shown the important role that parents play in preventing their children from starting to use drugs.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

  • Talk. They Hear You. – SAMHSA’s underage drinking prevention campaign helps parents and caregivers start talking to their children early about the dangers of alcohol.
  • Talk. They Hear You. Phone App – Practice talking to your kids about the dangers of alcohol.
  • Building Blocks for a Healthy Future – These updated materials will better support parents, educators, and others working with young children, as part of SAMHSA’s effort to advance the behavioral health of the nation and its mission to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.
  • KnowBullying Phone App – KnowBullying has simple conversation starters to begin a discussion with your child.