As a parent, you know that talking to your child about drug use can be tricky. By talking openly and honestly with your children about this topic and your household expectations is one of the most effective ways to prevent drug use in your child.

Do not expect all of the conversations with your child to be perfect. They won’t be. However, explain to your child why you do not want them to use drugs and explain the dangers using language they will understand.

Here are a few ways you can prevent your child from using drugs:

Be Honest and Direct

Give them Praise.

Make Sure They Know the Legal Consequences of Using Drugs

Monitor your child’s activities.

Make One on One Time with Your Child

Be a Good Role Model


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