Drug Prevention Resources from Meg Middaugh

We are incredibly thankful to our MOMSnext speaker, Med Middaugh, for sharing her family’s experience with teen drug abuse as well as for all the practical advice she shared. Below are the drug prevention resources she referred to during her talk.

1. Partnership for a Drug-Free America – By bringing together renowned scientists, parent experts and communications professionals, The Partnership at Drugfree.org translates the science of teen drug use and addiction for families. At drugfree.org, you can find a wealth of information, tools and opportunities to help prevent and get help for drug and alcohol abuse by teens and young adults.

2. The Parent Toolkit – Inside The Parent Toolkit you’ll find practical advice for guiding your child toward a healthy life at every age. Parenting and health experts as well as real parents share the latest tips and tools for raising drug-free kids. Check out this link to access age-appropriate video clips and tips to help guide your child toward a healthy life at every age!   The website also provides a downloadable  Grandparent’s Guide  to help grandparents better communicate with teenage grandchildren; learn about the latest drugs; and discover how they can keep their grandchild healthy.

3. The Institute for Addiction Study –  If you click on products, you can purchase, “Pleasure Unwoven: An Explanation of the Brain Disease of Addiction” by Dr. Kevin McCauley. Several excerpts from this video are also available on YouTube.  This DVD provides an excellent medical explanation regarding addiction and its effect on the brain.  Its language is clear, concise and easy for a non-medical audience to understand.

4. Recovery Happens – The opening page of this website includes two very good recordings created for parents about children and drugs.