Worried about yourself? Concerned about a friend?
You don’t have to face this alone. Talk with a trusted adult to express your concerns. Don’t wait, someone’s life may depend on it!
Who should you tell? A parent is usually a great first choice. There are plenty of good options: a teacher, coach, or principal with whom you have a good relationship. A pastor, youth minister, or someone else from your church. How about an aunt or uncle? Just make sure it’s an adult that you trust – and be persistent. If your first choice doesn’t work out, try someone else.
What can you do if a friend starts to have a drug problem?
How Can You Help?
It is critically important that you have accurate information when acting as trusted friend for your peers on substance use and abuse. The NIDA for Teens website, was created for middle and high school students and their teachers to provide accurate and timely information for use in and out of the classroom. The website also has interactive quizzes, computer wallpapers, Avatars, posters and other engaging activities to facilitate independent learning.
Above The Influence
Every teen’s life is filled with pressure, some of it good, some of it bad. Our goal is to help teens stand up to negative pressures, or influences. The more aware you are of the influences around you, the better prepared you will be to face them, including the pressure to use drugs, pills, and alcohol. http://www.abovetheinfluence.com/
Ohio Youth-Led Prevention Network
The Ohio Youth-Led Prevention Network (OYLPN) consists of youth-led substance abuse prevention providers and youth across the state who are committed to the cornerstones of youth-led prevention, peer prevention, positive youth development and community service.