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Whether you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, sibling or  other caregiver  — these resources can provide valuable help and support to you or anyone else playing a supportive role in the life of a young person struggling with substance use and addiction .

We’re Merging with Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

By combining our two organizations, we now have the comprehensive tools we need to truly fulfill our mission: transforming how our nation addresses addiction.

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For many parents, regularly talking to their children about addictive substances can be challenging. With this in mind, we asked our readers, “How often do you talk to your children about drugs and alcohol?

While nearly one-third of respondents said they talk to their kids about this important topic every week, the most common response was never, which received 40 percent of the votes.

Over the past decade, the number of children who have had gotten sick from touching or eating poisonous, addictive substances has gone up. Fortunately, there are things parents can do to stop these incidents from ever taking place. It is never too early for parents to begin protecting their children from the potentially life-threatening harms of addiction and addictive substances.

Baby Opening a Door

In the car, on the playground, at grandma’s house – these are just a few of the places young children have accidentally eaten products made with marijuana in recent years.

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