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Talking to kids about drugs can be a tough conversation, but an important one. Here are some resources that can help.

As a parent, aunt, uncle or grandparent, there are many conversations that you may not feel fully equipped for. When it comes to talking about drugs, we know that it can be uncomfortable, but having conversations about substance use is a crucial step in supporting your child in making healthy decisions, and can help prevent problematic substance use and overdose.

That’s why we’ve developed resources to help you start these conversations:

  • how-to video to help parents navigate conversations about drugs with their kids, who may or may not be using drugs. The video features 7 tips for talking to your kids about drugs from Mark Goheen, clinical specialist, Fraser Health Mental Health and Substance Use services.
  • 7 tips for talking to your kids about drugs tip sheet and other information at fraserhealth.ca/overdose
  • When Words Matter, a guide and a video with tips on how to start a conversation about substance use with someone you are concerned about.

For more information about Fraser Health’s Youth Substance Use services, visit fraserhealth.ca/substanceuse

If you or a family member is in need of emergency help, please visit fraserhealth.ca/mentalhealth for a list of crisis support resources.


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