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As an educator and mentor, you have the responsibility to help prevent alcohol and other drug abuse. Here's everything you need to know.


Marijuana Information


It is likely that the youth you work with will be exposed to illicit drugs. Nearly a third of 12- to 17-year-olds in the U.S. have used an illicit drug in their lifetimes. Of all of the illicit drugs, marijuana is the most widely used. Marijuana is not harmless. Marijuana use can lead to a host of significant health, social, learning, and behavioral problems at a crucial time in a young person's development.


Be the Difference

  • Learn the facts about marijuana
  • Educate parents
  • Talk to your youth
  • Get involved in community

Marijuana - Drug Facts

Prescription Drugs Information


While teen drug use is down overall, one category is actually on the rise — the abuse of prescription drugs. In fact, there are more new abusers (12 and older) of prescription drugs — such as pain relievers, depressants, and stimulants — than there are of marijuana.

Obtaining these drugs can be as easy as opening the family medicine cabinet, a friend's purse, or locker. Seventy percent of persons aged 12 and older who abuse pain relievers say they get them from a friend or relative.


Be the Difference

  • Learn the facts about prescription drug abuse.
  • Educate parents.
  • Talk to your youth.
  • Get involved in community.

Prescription Drugs - Drug Facts


Additional Resources for Educators

When it comes to teen drug abuse, parents need education too. Here are a few resources you can use to educate the parents you work with.


Download Teen Prescription Drug Abuse Fact Sheet »

Program Toolkits

Mind Over Matter: This is the teacher's guide for the "Mind Over Matter" series. This exciting neuroscience education series, developed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Health, is designed to encourage youngsters in grades 5-9 to learn about the biological effects of drug abuse on the body and the brain.

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