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A resource to start the conversation
about drug use and abuse.
Advice for Parents

.::: It's never too late to talk about drugs

It might be hard to believe, but it's true:

  • As parents, our relationship with our children is one of the main influences on whether or not they will choose to use drugs.

Building blocks for healthy choices

All kids make unwise choices. And there are no guarantees.

Kids with building blocks are less likely to:
  • Take drugs
  • Use alcohol
  • Be violent
  • Be involved in bullying
  • Be sexually active at an early age


How you relate to your children and how you connect them to caring people in your family and community can make a big difference.

Boundaries and expectations, a commitment to learning, positive values, guidance and self-esteem are all important building blocks you can encourage and support.

These building blocks or strengths also called developmental assets, protective factors or character development will help your kids make healthy choices and protect them against risky behaviours.

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