For Parents

Although it may not always seem like it, your kids care about what you think! Studies have shown that teens do listen to parents; substance use is significantly lower among teens who believe their parents strongly disapprove of substance use. One of the best ways to prevent substance use among your kids is to educate yourself and then pass that education on to your children. 

Keep the conversation going! The earlier an individual starts smoking, drinking or using other drugs, the greater the likelihood of developing addiction.


  • 9 out of 10 people who abuse or are addicted to nicotine, alcohol or other drugs began using these substances before they were 18.
  • People who began using addictive substances before age 15 are nearly 7 times likelier to develop a substance problem than those who delay first use until age 21 or older.
  • Every year that substance use is delayed during the period of adolescent brain development, the risk of addiction and substance abuse decreases.

Teens & Substance Use