Talking to your Kids

Preventing Drug & Alcohol Abuse


“Open, honest conversations are some of the most powerful tools parents can use to connect with – and protect – their kids.  But when tackling some of life’s tougher topics, especially those about drugs and alcohol, just figuring out what to say can be a challenge.”  - Parent Talk Kit, The Medicine Abuse Project, The Partnership at


Topics covered in this free and action oriented Parent Talk Kit are:

  • How to Say It: Age-by-age scripts to help you start the conversation about drugs and alcohol for all ages, including whether your child is preschool, grade school, middle school, high school or post-high-school/college.

  • What to Say: Addressing Prescription Drug and over-the-counter (OTC) drug abuse

  • Answering the Question: “Did You Do Drugs?”

  • Five Teachable Moments:  Easy Ways to bring up the top of drugs and alcohol

  • How to Teach Kids to Turn Down Drugs

  • How Other Adults Can Help:  The Importance of Friends, Family and Beyond (link to Grandparents guide)



Click to download a pdf of the full Parent Talk Kit

RESOURCES: Preventing Drug & Alcohol Abuse


Share the following resource with your teen:

Other parent resources:

Drug guide for parents

(information on safe medication practices for youth through senior citizens)



Prescribe Change Allegany County

Allegany County Health Department

12501-12503 Willowbrook Road

PO Box 1745

Cumberland, Maryland 21501-1745

(301) 759-5050