Issues in the Community That May Contribute to Drug Use

  • Easily available alcohol and drugs in the community
  • Community laws and attitudes toward drug and alcohol use
  • Negative attitudes, lack of investment and lack of resources in neighborhood (parks, community centers, athletics, etc.)
  • Poverty
  • Media glamorization or portrayal of drinking and drug use without consequences

What Parents Can Do

  • Support the presence of law enforcement
  • Reach out to your neighbors and create a community watch group
  • Make sure your child is aware of dangerous areas in your neighborhood and avoids them
  • Turn portrayals of drinking and drug use in the media into "teachable moments" as opportunities to talk and connect with your teen
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