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Substance Abuse

Recent studies on drug prevention, there are many factors that influence a child's risk factor for substance abuse. These studies show that, 
  • Drug prevention programs should involve parents, students, schools, and the community, and they should begin early.
  • Parental involvement and the behavior of parents play a vital role in keeping their kids drug free. 
Warning signs of teenage alcohol and drug abuse may include:
PhysicalFatigue, repeated health complaints, red and glazed eyes, and a lasting cough.
Emotionalpersonality change, sudden mood changes, irritability, irresponsible behavior, low self-esteem, poor judgment, depression, and a general lack of interest.
Familystarting arguments, breaking rules, or withdrawing from the family.
Schooldecreased interest, negative attitude, drop in grades, many absences, truancy, and discipline problems.
Social problemsnew friends who are less interested in standard home and school activities, problems with the law, and changes to less conventional styles in dress and music

Reprinted with permission from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP).

Internet Resources

Drugs & Alcohol
Club Drugs Home
This site is a service from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and offers information on club drugs, such as Ecstasy, Rohypnol, ketamine and more. 

The Coaches Playbook Against Drugs
A guide for children's athletic coaches on how to get the anti-drug message across. 

Common Sense Strategies for Raising Alcohol & Drug Free Children
Brought to you by the National PTA, this site gives ideas as to who's at risk, what we can do, and the five "C"s of Effective Discipline. 

Do You Think You Might Have a Problem With Alcohol or Other Drugs?
Take this quiz to see.

National Household Survey on Drug Abuse
This is a resource to go visit to order free publications about tips for teens. 

National PTA Drugs and Alcohol
Advice on discussing drugs with your children, steps you can take towards prevention, and a drug awareness fact sheet, are just a few things you will find here.

Parents. The Anti-Drug.
A fantastic site with drug information, advice on how to talk to your children, news and columns and how to get involved.

Partnership for a Drug-free America
Take the Drug-Free Pledge, visit the Ecstasy and Club Drugs Information Center, check out the section on Help for Parents.

Play Clean
Designed with coaches and athletes in mind, this site promotes the prevention of drug use through sports. Order free posters and other material. 

Sara's Quest
A Service of The National Institute on Drug Abuse, this web site explores the brain's response to drugs.
Read the magazine series Mind Over Matter, that looks at the effects of drugs such as Marijuana, Steroids, and others.

Anti-Smoking Activities and Curriculum
Cross-curricular activities from Education World relating to the Great American Smokeout.

Be an Ad Buster
See samples of advertising tobacco companies are gearing towards teens, and what is so wrong with them.

The Great American Smokeout
Visit the American Cancer Society website. "Quitters will find camaraderie and support on November 21 when thousands of Americans avoid tobacco use for the day or for good."

The Great American Smokeout
See what some people have done to participate in this annual event.  

Great American Smokeout MMWR Special Issue
Links to statistics on "State-Specific Prevalence of Cigarette Smoking" and "Cigarette Smoking Before and After an Excise Tax Increase and an Anti-Smoking Campaign—Massachusetts, 1990-1996"

How to Fight Teen Smoking
What programs work at prevention.  "Nearly all first use of tobacco occurs before high school graduation. So if adolescents don't start smoking by age 18, odds are they never will."

Teen Tobacco Use
From the American Cancer Society; "learn about the unique effects of nicotine on teenagers, how many currently smoke, and their interest in quitting."

Tips for Teens: The Truth About Tobacco
Get the facts, know the signs, and questions and answers

Tobacco and Kids
Facts about teen smoking, who are the children most at risk, and what parents can do to prevent Tobacco use.


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