Parents are the first line of defence and the best positioned to help prevent drug abuse.
Here are some additional resources that can help you as a parent understand the issue and learn how you can prevent your adolescents from using drugs.
Inclusion of an organization does not imply endorsement or authorization by Drug Free Kids Canada. The sources of information listed below are intended only as a partial list of the resources available to viewers of this website. You are encouraged to conduct additional research for resources.
These two downloadable booklets will help parents learn more about their role in preventing their children from using drugs:
Kids and Drugs Booklet: The Parent Action Pack:
We've put together a list of links to additional resources for you to search and get the tools you need to deal with drug related issues:
Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
Provides help, information and guidance for parents
Council on Drug Abuse – CODA
Their mission is to prevent substance abuse through education impacting children and youth working primarily with students in grades 7, 8 and 9.
Youth Drug Prevention for Parents – Learn about drugs, observe your kids, take action, get help.
A site for youth: get drug facts, know the risks, get help, use your voice.
This editorial section of the popular medical site helps parents understand and deal with teen OTC drug abuse.
Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine
A resource of scientific and medical information about Addiction, for professionals and the general public.
Kids and drugs: A parent's guide to prevention
The Centre for Youth Crime Prevention (CYCP)
A by-youth for-youth web-based program that is operated by the Youth Engagement Section of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
ABOVE THE Influence
This site is designed to engage teens in discussions about influence and ways to “stay above it.”
Prevent Teen Drug Use
This site aims to give parents and teens, facts about today's marijuana and to encourage public discussion about the risks of using this drug.
kids now is a national, after school mentoring program that empowers grades 7 and 8 youth, to believe in themselves so they can make positive choices.
Youth in Motion
Engaging, inspiring and educational programs for youth to assist them in choosing a rewarding career path.
Teen Mental Health
Helping to improve the mental health of youth by the effective translation and transfer of scientific knowledge.
Kids Help Phone
To reach a Kids Help Phone professional counsellor, kids, teens and young adults, from any community in Canada, you can call or go online 24 hours a day, 365 day a year.
Smart kids don't do drugs
Help to fight the battle against drug abuse by our young people.
Drink Wise Canada
Drink Wise Canada is committed to shaping a healthier and safer culture in Canada where drinking alcohol, drug use, or being an injured party to drink spiking must be accompanied with an understanding of the effects of impairment and their legal consequences.
(USA) The Partnership at Drugfree.org
Need Help? Get Help! How to talk to your kids. Drug prevention, drug abuse, drug intervention, drug treatment and recovery. Drugfree.org provides answers, guidance, tips and stories.
Drug Prevention Network of Canada
Provides contacts to each relevant provincial ministry as well as an extensive list of organizations in your province
Centre for Addictions and Mental Health - CAMH
CAMH is Canada’s leading addiction and mental health organization, integrating specialized clinical care with innovative research, education, health promotion and policy development. Find out more about CAMH’s programs, locations, and how to contact us.
The Drug & Alcohol Helpline
The Drug and Alcohol Helpline provides information about drug and alcohol addiction services in Ontario. A helpful Information and Referral Specialist will answer your call, email or web chat 24/7. The service is free, confidential and anonymous.