March 19, 2012

The Partnership at Drugfree.org launches parent tool to thwart adolescent drug use

The Partnership at Drugfree.org announced March 13 a new resource to help parents and caregivers prevent substance abuse in adolescents.

In collaboration with the Philadelphia-based Treatment Research Institute (TRI), the organization has launched the “Six Components of Effective Parenting,” which is a science-based tool and a product of a new Parents Translational Research Center. It combines parenting principles and action-oriented resources.

The tool is filled with “how-to” parenting tips organized around six principles designed for parents and guardians to help guide adolescents away from drugs and alcohol.

The “Six Components of Effective Parenting” can be downloaded here.

According to The Partnership at Drugfree.org, the resource can be helpful to parents because research over and over shows kids who learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are up to 50 percent less likely to use than those who do not hear the message. Currently, only 37 percent of adolescents report getting the benefit of hearing about the risks of drugs at home.

 In a 2007 survey, according to The Partnership at Drugfree.org Drug and Alcohol Fact Sheet, 90 percent of all adults with drug and alcohol problems started using before the age of 18. Half of those adults started using before the age of 15.

To read the Drug and Alcohol Fact Sheet focusing on adolescents, click here.

“This effort is just one way that we’re translating the brilliant scientific research and expertise at TRI into action-oriented tools to help parents keep their kids safe from the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse,” says Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of The Partnership at Drugfree.org.

For more information about The Partnership at Drugfree.org’s new resource, click here.

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