Teens Don’t Come with Instructions
They live in a fast paced world bombarded with lots of different input. We hope this web site can help bridge the gap between parents and teens. We know that parents are the greatest influence in a teen’s decision making process when it comes to engaging in risky behavior. Let us help you stay informed as you navigate the unpredictable and challenging waters of parenting adolescents.
Prevention Resource Center
New Book - "How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid - the Straight Dope for Parents"
Order your copy of the completely new and revised edition of Joseph A. Califano, Jr.'s (founder of CASA and former US Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare) book, How to Raise a Drug Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents today! Recently called "the 'Bible' on kids and substance abuse" by the influential Library Journal Reviews, this newest edition is a must read for all parents.
In the United States, nearly every child will be offered drugs or alcohol before graduating high school, many while in middle school, but there is good news: Teenagers who learn about the risks of drugs and alcohol from their parents are twice as likely never to try them. In this user-friendly guide, Califano gives parents the tools they need to teach, protect, and empower their children to choose not to use.
Above the Influence
Above The Influence describes a state of mind. It's about teens being themselves and not letting negative influence get to them. Pressure to drink, to do drugs, or to do anything in order to fit in—that's negative influence. Help a teen to become one of the teens who stays above it all, share Abovetheinfluence.com.
Get the toolkit, activity downloads and more. The toolkit provides step-by-step directions for conducting each of the ATI activities, includes discussion guides, and other useful materials. All materials are free and easy to use by youth!
"I Strengthen My Nation"
A new media campaign featuring Hollywood actor Chaske Spencer (Sam Uley in the Twilight Saga) encourages Native communities to address substance abuse by teens and young adults.
What are your chances of living to age 35?
A new study by a Northeastern University researcher exploring that singular question has found that adolescents who express uncertainty about living past young adult-hood are more likely than optimistic individuals to attempt suicide more than a decade later. Read the story on Northeastern's website and download the PDF.
Under the Influence: Fathers, Adolescents, & Alcohol Use
Does a dad's drinking influence his adolescent children's substance use? A recent statistical report from SAMHSA emphasizes the influence of fathers in particular, the influence of a father's drinking habits on his children. Read the report.
Youths getting alcohol from a parent or guardian?
SAMHSA News Release: An estimated 709,000 youths age 12-14 currently drink alcohol in the U.S.—many get alcohol from family or home. People who begin drinking alcohol before the age of 15 are six times more likely than those who start at age 21 and older to develop alcohol problems. Read the report.
National Drug Facts Week
January 25 - 31, 2016
National Drug Facts Week was launched in 2010 by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. To counteract the myths they get from the internet, TV, movies, music, or from friends, NIDA scientists want to stimulate events in communities so teens can learn what science has taught us about drug abuse and addiction.
National Drug Facts Week is an opportunity for teens to shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse. In community and school events all over America, teens and experts will come together for an honest conversation about how drugs affect the brain, body and behavior. In school assemblies, after school clubs, athletic events, book clubs and other venues, students will be able to ask scientists questions about drugs, or discuss NIDA materials designed for teens.
National Prevention Week
National Prevention Week is dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues.
This year’s theme, Your voice. Your choice. Make a difference., recognizes that everyone’s choices matter, especially when it comes to the health and well-being of individuals and communities. The choice to stay substance-free and promote mental health starts with each one of us.
For more information about this health observance and how you can get involved, please visit the National Prevention Week website.