Drug Prevention Resources

For Communities, Parents and Schools

3 Coping Skills Parents Can Teach Teens to Prevent Substance Abuse?

By Norma Norris | October 25, 2021

  During their teenage years, kids can push boundaries as they develop into adults. As teens move towards independence, it’s important for parents and caregivers to encourage children to explore and expand their experiences safely. At this time in life, their brain is wired for risky behavior and that must be safely channeled.  Sometimes, teens … Read more

Whippets As Drugs: What Parents Need To Know

By Norma Norris | October 7, 2021

WHAT ARE WHIPPETS? Whippets, drugs that are steel cartridges filled with nitrous oxide, are meant to be used with whipped cream dispensers.  Filled with nitrous oxide, whippets are the street name for what is also referred to as “laughing gas” or “hippy crack.” They are all too commonly used to get “high”. While nitrous oxide … Read more

teens discussing red ribbon week ideas

Red Ribbon Week Ideas

By Norma Norris | September 20, 2021

If you’re an educator, you’re probably looking for Red Ribbon Week ideas for 2021. Here’s the beauty (and the challenge) of Red Ribbon Week messages… you’re not gonna please everyone.  But, if you prepare lots of alternatives, stay positive, and think creatively, you’re sure to impress students, parents, and other staff this October 23. Still … Read more

Alcohol Use Disorder: Prevention Begins at Home

By Norma Norris | May 11, 2021

Underage Drinking May Lead to Alcohol Use Disorder More and more teens are developing Alcohol Use Disorder. Do you remember what it was like to be a teenager? Peer pressure, curiosity, and an urge to rebel are common factors that can lead to underage drinking. And recently, as remote learning and social distancing have become … Read more

Inhalant Use Disorder

By Norma Norris | April 13, 2021

Preventing Inhalant Use Disorder in Teens   Inhalant use disorder is a rampant problem, especially among young people. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2020 saw a 64% increase in inhalant use for 8th graders.  Many healthcare professionals attribute this unprecedented rise in inhalant abuse to the pandemic. Regardless of why teens have turned … Read more

Adderall

By Norma Norris | March 4, 2021

Misuse in Adderall among teens is a rising trend, as students are taking Adderall without a prescription. Living the life of a teen or a college student, our surroundings can be tempting. We are in school systems that want our A-game. Exams, homework, presentations, and endless hours of studying is exhausting. We must manage our … Read more

Botvin LifeSkills Training & Reality Tour Comparison

By Norma Norris | February 9, 2021

Life Skills Training Vs. Reality Tour  Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST), like Reality Tour, is an evidence-based curriculum for substance abuse prevention. Both programs have been proven to provide adolescents with the social skills necessary to withstand peer pressure, but there are some key differences. Let’s look at each program’s main components.  Botvin’s Life Skills Training … Read more

Drug Testing Strips: A Guide for Parents

By Norma Norris | November 22, 2020

Urine testing your kids is a decision that parents should take seriously. Experts agree that testing teens for the wrong reasons can damage trust. However, under the right circumstances, drug tests can be a tool to prevent substance abuse or to help children recovering from addiction. As a parent, it is crucial that you educate … Read more

Testing Waters of New Normal in Prevention

By candleinc | June 13, 2020

Doesn’t it feel as if some unseen force pressed play on Netflix so we are now collectively binge-watching an endless season of “Life Now”’? Red, green and yellow are the primary hues that manage our mobility, The red ‘stop’ or lockdown phase stopped everything but the periods of distress caused by knowing that normal couldn’t … Read more

‘Post-Panic’ Remote Internship A Plus!

By candleinc | May 28, 2020

  Everything Is Going To Be Okay? My chair rolls sluggishly across the living room carpet in the spring of 2020.  It is not the picture that was in my head a few months ago.  In those intern scenarios I was free-wheeling at a desk cozily cubicled next to a whirring copy machine.  I would … Read more