Parents, adults, teachers and coaches should discuss heroin, drugs and alcohol with young people. Even if the individual does not presently use drugs or alcohol, take a stand before they are influenced by their peers.
Drugs and alcohol affect the mind and body in unpredictable ways. Talking to someone about substances can be difficult, but it can save a life. Below are resources for students, parents and staff regarding substance use.
New York State Education Department Resources
- Parent ToolKit – This toolkit is designed to help you talk early and often with your kids regarding alcohol, it’s dangers, your expectations and consequences.
- Kitchen Table Toolkit – This toolkit was developed to assist parents, teachers, counselors and the community with guidance on how to initiate conversations about heroin and opioid abuse. The information in the toolkit may also be applicable for alcohol and other drugs.
- Operation Prevention – Operation Prevention’s mission is to educate students about the true impacts of opioids and kick-state lifesaving conversations in the home and classroom.
- Combat Addiction – This includes prevention, warning signs, resources, etc.
- Talk2Prevent – Resources for parents on how to connect and communicate with their child.
- Saratoga Prevention Council
- Back to School Survival Guide for Parents
- Prescription Drug Alert – Educate yourself about the real dangers of prescription and OTC drug abuse and to discuss these risks with your teen.
- Brochure: Marijuana Facts Parents Need to Know
If you are a student and if you or someone you know needs help, please contact a school counselor. You can also contact the Safe School Helpline. Find out more about the helpline.