Office of National Drug Control Policy

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Mobilize Parents To Educate Youth to Reject Drug Use
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Parents can play a key role in preventing drug and alcohol use and abuse because they are the first and most important continuing influence on the intentions and behaviors of children and adolescents.

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Initiation of substance use increases during the adolescent years but is often preceded by biological, psychological, social, and environmental precursors that begin earlier in life. Communities must harness their power and equip parents with information to help keep their families safe and healthy. To support this effort, the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships is fostering greater engagement of fathers in the lives of their children. It has launched a national fatherhood tour to hear directly from local communities about how we can come together to encourage personal responsibility and strengthen our Nation’s families. This program works synergistically with initiatives to help fathers and mothers protect their children from drugs. The National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign continues to provide information and resources to parents, and SAMHSA continues to provide support for parents using evidence-based interventions.

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