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Helping Your Child Avoid Tobacco, Drugs, and Alcohol

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Positive self-esteem, a supportive family, and positive role models help teens gain confidence to make good choices. Even young children have opinions about substance use. So start early to help your child learn the skills needed to avoid substance use.

Helping your teen say "no" to drugs and other substances

You can teach your teen these ways to respond if someone offers them drugs or alcohol.

Credits for Helping Your Child Avoid Tobacco, Drugs, and Alcohol

Current as of: March 21, 2023

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