The signs of prescription painkiller abuse can be hard for parents to detect, but it’s critical to know them and to know what to do. Find resources for parents, including signs of addiction and what to do if you think your child has a prescription painkiller or other drug abuse problem.
By the time most children enter preschool, they may have seen adults drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes in real life, in the media, or both. Even elementary school children may hear about or see illegal drug use.
Visit SAMHSA’s Building Blocks for tips on talking about underage drinking, tobacco, drugs, and other sensitive issues with children.
Parents and caregivers are the leading influence in their child’s decision not to drink. Check out the parent resources on SAMHSA’s “Talk. They Hear You.” website to start—and keep up—the conversation about the dangers of drinking alcohol at a young age. Find other information on SAMHSA’s Too Smart To Start website.
MentalHealth.gov offers parents and caregivers information about what to look for in their children’s behavior, how to talk about mental health, and how to seek help if needed.
Healthy Pregnancy Healthy Baby Fact Sheets: 4 guides from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
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