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How Can I Help Prevent Youth Drug Use?

Here are some tips that can help your kids stay away from drugs:

  • Build a strong relationship with your kids: Establishing trust and open communication with your kids is one of the most important things you can do to keep them away from drugs. Make sure your kids feel comfortable talking to you about any concerns they have.

  • Educate your kids about drugs: Provide your kids with accurate information about the risks and consequences of drug use. Ensure they understand the effects drugs can have on their health, relationships, and future.

  • Encourage healthy habits: Encourage your kids to engage in healthy activities like sports, hobbies, and socializing with friends. Ensure they sleep well, eat a healthy diet, and exercise regularly.

  • Set clear rules and boundaries: Establish clear rules and boundaries about drug use, and make sure your kids understand the consequences of breaking those rules. Be consistent in enforcing the rules.

  • Monitor your kids' behavior: Pay attention to changes in your kids' behavior and be on the lookout for signs of drug use. Keep an eye on their social media and internet activity and know who they are spending time with.

  • Seek professional help if needed: If you are concerned that your kids may be struggling with substance use or mental health issues, seek professional help from a doctor, therapist, or addiction specialist.

Remember, prevention is key. By taking an active role in your kids' lives and providing them with the tools and support they need to make healthy choices, you can help them stay away from drugs.

If you're a teacher, administrator, or program coordinator who works with K-5 students and is interested in our Face2Face team working with your group, contact us, and we'll work to fit your program's needs. 716-827-9462

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