As a parent, you always want what is best for your child, especially with regard to their health and well-being. Data has consistently shown that youth who feel that their parents do not want them to use substances and whose parents are willing to talk with them about substance use on a regular basis are less likely to use alcohol and other drugs. However, we know that starting those conversations can be difficult, especially when your children are younger.
On this page, you will find a variety of resources from national and local sources on youth substance use and how to prevent it. Use these resources to kick start a conversation with your child on substance use, or even with other parents in your community. Together, you have the power to help your child and other children lead healthier, happier lives.
The Decisions at Every Turn Coalition is a volunteer coalition dedicated to promoting healthy decision-making through evidence-based education and prevention strategies to reduce and prevent youth alcohol and drug use. As community leaders, we achieve this by raising public awareness, contributing to effective policy, creating a sustainable resource network and promoting community-level change.
Kristin French, LCSW
DAET Project Director, Director of Prevention Outreach
Saumya Sankhavaram, MPH
DAET Program Coordinator
Amy Turncliff, Ph.D.
DAET Coalition Chair