As children enter high school their chances of being offered alcohol, marijuana, prescription medications and other drugs increase. As the risk grows, it’s important to have frequent, positive and open conversations with our kids about the choices they face. If you don’t feel comfortable or confident talking to your child about the topic, you’re not alone. Parents of teens often ask themselves … How do I know what to tell them? What do I do if they don't even talk to me? How do I get them to care; to be responsible?

Here are some important techniques to remember when speaking with your children about alcohol, marijuana, prescription medications and other drugs: