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Understanding Substances

The National Institute on Drug Abuse encourages parents to talk to their teens about drug use. On their website, there are many research based resources that help parents have these conversations. Below are links to resources to help start (or continue) the conversation.

If you need help with topics such as effects of anti-depressants, bath salts, inhalants, marijuana, vaping (to name a few), start with the button above. It answers the most frequently asked questions about these forms of drugs.

This generation of teenagers tends to be aware and passionate about mental health related issues. However, they do not always understand all the variables negatively impacting mental health. The button above is a great resource to help educate your teen on how drugs and mental health are closely related. It explains co-occurring disorders in detail.

Click on the above buttons to learn more specific science-based information about how the drugs affect teenagers. If you would like to learn about other specific drugs, click HERE.

Parents, click on the button above to find additional resources.

Lastly, click on the button above if you or someone you know needs help dealing with drugs. There is a helpline that you can call in case of an emergency.

1-800-662-HELP