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Talk Early, Talk Often


Parents are the #1 influence in a child’s life.

It’s not too early to talk with your child to prevent youth substance use.

When to Talk

  • In a car, you have a captive audience to provide short bits of information.
  • When watching TV, address any illegal drug or alcohol use shown.
  • During mealtimes, take time to speak with your child – research shows that children who have dinner with their families are less likely to drink alcohol or use illegal drugs.

What to say

  • Preschool: “Vitamins are to keep us healthy, but only take what I give you.”
  • Elementary School: “You should only take medicines that your doctor chooses for you – it’s dangerous to take someone else’s medicine and it could make you sick.”
  • Middle School: “Alcohol and drugs can damage your brain and may stop you from being your best in school and in sports.”

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