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10 Things Parents Can Do

Updated: Oct 21, 2022

“When prevention works, it is the only treatment that is 100% safe and effective. Families are front-and-center in successful prevention efforts.”

-Dr. Mark Gold, Addiction Psychiatrist and Professor, Washington University School of Medicine

From the moment our children are born, keeping them safe is second nature: we hold them close as they get their first shots, teach them to look both ways before crossing the street, and help them develop healthy habits that will nurture them throughout their lives. We hear very little, though, during the critical early years about how to protect our kids from addiction, despite the fact that the disease tends to begin in adolescence.

Download Addiction Policy Forum's Prevention toolkit for parent's and caregivers. 


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