Latino Family

Drug Use Prevention

Effective drug use prevention starts with families and caring adults.

In a recent survey, only half of DC high school students said a parent or caregiver had spoken with them about alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs. Having an open dialogue with the youth in your life about drugs can play a key role in their decision-making process. We provide you with the information and resources to learn the warning signs of drug abuse, start the conversation, and stop drug use.



Alert IconIf a youth is in immediate danger, always call 911 or the Department of Behavioral Health’s Access Helpline at 1-888-7WE-HELP.

Teenage girl helps her friend light a cigarette.

The average age at which DC teenagers smoke their first cigarette is around

13 years old.

alcohol before weed

More DC middle schoolers are trying

alcohol before weed.