Parents and Teachers


Talk to your kids about drugs

It is important to talk to your teens about the dangers of prescription medicines – Teens who continue to learn about the risks of drugs at home are up to 50 percent less likely to use drugs than those who are not taught about the dangers.

This video offers tips on how you can talk to your kids about drugs at different ages. The host is Betsy Brown Braun, a child development and behavior specialist, who starts by saying “what you say to your kids, I’m happy to tell you, does make a difference.”

Lock up your meds and get rid of them safely

It is important to keep all medicines, both prescription and over-the-counter, in a safe place, such as a locked cabinet or box — Nearly half of teens who have used prescription drugs reported getting them from their parent’s medicine cabinet. Tell relatives, especially grandparents, to lock up their medicine or keep them in a safe place. Follow these three steps to safely store medications in your home.

If you’re finished with a prescription medicine and you have pills left — or if you have any unused prescriptions around the house — The best thing to do is bring them to a drug disposal box or take-back event. Use our map to find a disposal box near you.

Call the RI Support Line and talk to a counselor

Rhode Island has our own Support Line for people who want to talk about substance use. If you think that your child may be abusing prescription drugs or if you simply just want to learn more, you can call 401-942-STOP (401-942-7867) to talk to a local licensed counselor for free. The Support Line is open all day, every day.

 

Talk to your students

Teens learn from what they are taught at school. This website from the National Institute on Drug Abuse offers short videos, infographics, and other resources that teachers can use in class to get their students involved and talking.  The website also provides free activity plans for lessons on critical thinking, the body on drugs, media, peer pressure, friends and more.

Use an evidence-based teaching program

The Strengthening Families Program is for elementary school children and uses family systems and cognitive-behavioral approaches to improve family relationships, parenting skills, and youth’s social and life skills.

The Botvin LifeSkills Training Middle School program helps middle school students develop personal self-management skills, general social skills, and drug resistance skills.

Get trained to use naloxone

In our state lawmakers require naloxone to be in all public middle, junior high and high schools. Talk to your school nurse or use our map to find out where you can get naloxone. When you buy naloxone at a pharmacy, the pharmacist will show you how to use it. You can also watch this video to see how to give nasal naloxone.


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