As a parent or caregiver, you are the best person to talk about alcohol, marijuana, prescription medications, and other drugs with your child. Every family has their own way to talk about serious topics. As your children grow and want to learn about alcohol, marijuana, prescription medications and other drugs, you should have a plan to help them make healthy decisions.

The more you talk about alcohol, marijuana, prescription medications, and other drugs, the more likely your children will be to make good choices when you aren’t there. Knowing your child’s daily schedule is a good way to keep an open discussion in your family. Getting to know your child’s friends, and their parents, is another.

Support your child by encouraging healthy behaviors, including: