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- 5 Ways to Bully-Proof Your Kid
- Helping Kids Deal With Bullies
- Your Child's Habits
- Taking Your Child to a Therapist
- Teaching Kids Not to Bully
- Talking to Your Child About Drugs
- Taming Tempers
- Developing Your Child's Self-Esteem
- 504 Education Plans
- Cough and Cold Medicine Abuse
- Helping Teens Who Cut
- Could ADHD Be Hereditary?
- Teaching Your Child Self-Control
- How Can I Help My Child Overcome Shyness?
- My Child Is Stealing
- Disciplining Your Toddler
- Disciplining Your Child
- Connecting With Your Preteen
- Helping Kids Cope With Cliques
- Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)
- Kids and Alcohol
- Childhood Stress
- About Teen Suicide
- Temper Tantrums
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Special Needs Factsheet
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Does Ritalin Have Side Effects?
- Social Phobia Special Needs Factsheet
- Separation Anxiety
- Anxiety Disorders Special Needs Factsheet
- ADHD Special Needs Factsheet
- What Is ADHD?
- Autism Special Needs Factsheet
- Anxiety, Fears, and Phobias
- A to Z: Panic Disorder
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder Special Needs Factsheet
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Special Needs Factsheet
- Drugs: What Parents Need to Know
- Eating Disorders
- Cutting Special Needs Factsheet
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Marijuana: What Parents Need to Know
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Drugs: What Parents Need to Know
Few parents ever imagine that their child will grow up to do drugs, but drug usage among kids and teens is a stark reality. Drugs are everywhere — from big cities to small towns — and are used by people of all ages, races, and economic means.
Knowing what drugs are available, what they can do, and how they can affect someone is the first step in raising drug-free kids. The second step — and probably most important — is to talk to your child early and often about the dangers of drugs.
Click below to learn about some common drugs:
- Cocaine and Crack
- Methamphetamines (Meth)
Date reviewed: April 28, 2017