New and Revised Edition of How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents By Joseph A. Califano, Jr. | Center on Addiction

New and Revised Edition of How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents By Joseph A. Califano, Jr.

New and Revised Edition of How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents By Joseph A. Califano, Jr.

New York, N.Y,  September 9, 2014

How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents, the highly-acclaimed, comprehensive guide to keeping children substance-free through the formative pre-teen, teen, and college years, is now revised and updated to address the challenges faced by today’s kids and parents. 

Joseph A. Califano, Jr., is founder of CASAColumbia (CASA) and served from 1977 to 1979 as U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, launching the first national anti-smoking campaign.  In this new edition of his indispensable book, Califano draws on more than two decades of CASA research and meetings with thousands of parents and teens across the country to tackle the obstacles standing between kids and a drug-free life—such as the growing influence of social media, the explosion in prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse, the increased dangers and addictive power of ever-more-potent marijuana, the easy availability of synthetic marijuana, a destructive substance called Spice.    

In the United States, nearly every child will be offered drugs or alcohol before graduating high school, most on several occasions, and it's no secret that excessive drinking and prescription drug abuse is common at most colleges. Although alcohol and drugs seem to be ubiquitous in the lives of teens and young adults, there is good news: Teenagers who learn about the risks of drugs and alcohol from their parents are twice as likely never to try them. And a child who reaches age 21 without smoking, using illegal drugs, or abusing alcohol or prescription drugs is virtually certain never to do so. 

In How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid, Califano presents new information on the critical connection between teen brain development and experimentation with drugs, paints a realistic picture of the world teens confront, outlines how parents can teach, protect, and empower their children to choose not to use, and answers the tough questions parents pose to him at speaking engagements across the country, including:

  • When and how should I talk to my child about drugs and alcohol?
  • Under what circumstances is my child most at risk?
  • How do binge drinking and marijuana use threaten the development of my teen’s brain?
  • How can I help my child handle the glamorization of drinking and drug use on social media, the Internet, and television?
  • How do I help my child deal with the substance abuse perils on college campuses?
  • If my teen needs treatment, how do I find the right program?

As readable as it is informative, Califano’s insightful and lively guide shows how parents can instill in their teens the will and skills to choose not to use.

About Joseph A. Califano, Jr.
Joseph A. Califano, Jr., father of five and grandfather of nine, is founder of CASAColumbia. Califano held various U.S. government positions and served from 1977 to 1979 as U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, where he launched the nation’s antismoking campaign.

More information: How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid book website.

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