Start the conversation about drugs and alcohol with your children.

Be the first one to make an impression on your teen about drugs and alcohol, before someone else does. The contents of this post are extracted from a helpful resource article from the Talk. They Hear You. Campaign” by Drug Free Hawaii, compiling resources such as “Why you should talk with your child about alcohol and other drugs”. 

  • Though marijuana laws are changing in some states for adults, all forms of marijuana can be harmful for a child’s growing brain. Start talking with your kids early about the risks.
  • Parents have a significant influence in their children’s decisions to experiment with alcohol and other drugs.
  • Some children may try alcohol or other drugs at a very young age.
  • It’s better to talk before children are exposed to alcohol and other drugs.
  • The older kids get, the more likely they’ll try alcohol or drugs.
  • Not talking about alcohol and other drugs still sends kids a message.

View the “Mālama I Na Ōpio” video to learn how parents can take positive action at home and at gatherings to prevent underage drinking. Taking care of `ohana, it’s our kuleana!

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Visit the Hawaii Prevention Resource Center (HIPRC) for the state’s most comprehensive resources on drug abuse, prevention, and related issues available through its lending library, resource clearinghouse, and downloadable materials.


Find great resources through MADD’s Power of Parents program

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Check out these resources to help you start—and keep up—the conversation about the dangers of drinking alcohol and using other drugs at a young age.