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The latest national Monitoring the Future Study showed that marijuana use among teens declined slightly in 2014, after five years of increasing use. However, the belief that regular marijuana use is harmful to the user, continues to fall among youth, so changes in perception of risk does not explain the change in use this year, as had been assumed over most of the life of the survey. Daily use also declined in 2014, though it remains at relatively high levels.

Parents are the primary influence on adolescent behavior, even if it may not always seem that way. Here are some resources that can help parents discuss the use of drugs with their children.

Web Resources

What Parents Should Say to Their Children about Drugs:

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)'s Publications for Parents

Marijuana: Facts Parents Need to Know (NIDA)

Drugs: Shatter the Myths (NIDA)

Preventing Drug Abuse among Children & Adolescents: A Research-Based Guide for Parents, Educators, and Community Leaders (NIDA)

The Partnership at
A drug abuse prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery resource, developed to help parents and caregivers effectively address alcohol and drug abuse with their teens and young adults. Includes a Parents Toll-Free Helpline: 1-855-DRUGFREE.

Facts for Families (American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry)
Information and links to additional resources about parents and substance abuse prevention, specific drugs, adolescent development, school services, mental health disorders, and more.

Washington State Substance Use Data and Statistics (ADAI)
A collection of key reports on drug and alcohol use and problems and Washington state and its 39 counties. Includes the most recent data from the Washington State Healthy Youth Survey on alcohol, drug, and tobacco use in high school students (grades 6, 8, 10, and 12).

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