Thank you for taking the time to explore these highlighted resources to help you get the conversation started with your son and/or daughter. Listen and talk openly and often about the dangers of substance use, and be sure to share the facts and laws about alcohol, tobacco and other drug use with your family. If you know of a resource, especially locally, please email info@manyvoicessmartchoices.org and we would love to highlight it here!

Parent Resources

  • Prepare for one of the most important conversations you may ever have with your kids about underage drinking. SAMHSA’s “Talk. They Hear You.” app is available on desktop computers and on the go from the App StoreSM, Google Play™, the Windows® Store, and Windows® Phone Store.

  • Adult Host Responsibility is a Maryland law that holds an adult who knowingly and intentionally allows/provides an alcoholic beverage to a person he/she knows, or reasonably should know, is under the age of 21, liable for the person served and to any other underage person for damages resulting from the host’s service of alcohol.

  • Developed by the Child and Family Center at the University of Oregon, Family Checkup: Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse highlights parenting skills that are important in preventing the initiation and progression of drug use among youth.

  • “Substance abuse can significantly interfere with learning. In an effort to equip parents with knowledge to continue the conversations with their youth to prevent substance use MVSC has developed an informational flyer that provides factual information about youth substance use in Montgomery County as well as steps they can take as parents to prevent youth substance use. The flyer also includes resources for parents to learn more about drugs and ways they can get involved in preventing use.”—April Kaplan, Executive Director, Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families

  • October is Substance Abuse Prevention Month.

  • The Collaboration Council is working with its Many Voices for Smart Choices Alliance to bring the community together to help prevent substance abuse among our youth. Please take the time to check out our Alcohol Awareness Fact Sheet. Learn the Facts. Talk to Your Kids.

  • This is a 28-page manual written for parents by a group of parents from Georgetown Preparatory School. The booklet explains the dangers of substance abuse from a scientific, legal and social viewpoint and has been reviewed by experts-- Wilkie Wilson, Ph.D., professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology at Duke University Medical Center, and Beth Kane Davidson, M.Ed. CAC, director of the Suburban Hospital Addiction Treatment Center (Bethesda, MD), and Jeffrey M. Georgi, M.Div. CCAS, clinical director of the Duke Addictions Program, Duke University Medical Center. Individual booklets in English or Spanish can be purchased for $10.00 per booklet.

  • Educate yourself and make this course a catalyst for communication among other parents as we all work together to: Change the Culture on Underage Drinking, Smoking and Other Drug Use. Also, offers a customizable booklet for parents and schools, see publications.

  • All substances, including marijuana, are harmful to the developing teen brain. Check out our Many Voices for Smart Choices latest fact sheet with local Montgomery County data and prevention resources available for parents and teens.

  • Kids, teens and young adults are the population most vulnerable to marijuana, including addiction. Here's what you need to know.

  • Opioids and Heroin Fact Sheet With Montgomery County, Maryland YRBS Data brought to you in partnership with Many Voices for Smart Choices.

  • MADD wants to equip all parents and caregivers with the tools needed to help them start the potentially lifesaving conversation about alcohol with their teens. Sign up and they will send you a free digital copy of the latest version of our Power of Parents handbook.

  • Not everyone hit by a drunk driver dies

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  • Substance Abuse and Prevention services available in Montgomery County.

  • Prescription opioid analgesics, commonly used to treat pain from surgery, injury, and health conditions such as cancer are growing public health problems as opioid dependence and opioid-related deaths continue to rise. Protect your children, secure your prescription medicine. To learn more about keeping your family safe, visit www.clearthecabinet.com

  • “It’s Never Worth It” is a joint effort of the Carroll County Health Department and the Montgomery Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families Inc. to spread awareness of the connection between heroin use and opioid prescription painkillers misuse/abuse and to inform the public of the resources available.

  • The mission of Arise & Flourish is to educate, to prevent abuse, to help those in need get treatment, and to provide financial support for those in need of treatment.

  • NIAAA supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on human health and well-being. It is the largest funder of alcohol research in the world.

  • Learn the facts about the most commonly abused drugs. Each drug page includes a brief overview, street and clinical names, the effects of the drug on the brain and body, statistics and trends, and relevant publications and articles written by NIDA researchers and scientists.

  • This website, produced by The Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc., aims to give parents and teens facts about today's marijuana and to encourage public discussion about the risks of using this drug. We hope to discourage teen marijuana use and we invite you to get involved.

  • Who’s the most powerful influence in your child’s life? You, that’s who.

  • A community program that educates parents on why teens use drugs and alcohol, what you can do to protect them, how to communicate with them, monitor their activities, spot drug/alcohol use, and what you should do when you find it.