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Tobacco, Vaping, Substance Abuse

Tobacco, Vaping, Substance Abuse

Conversations can have a big impact. Talk to your teen about drugs and the risk of overdosing. Recently, “rainbow” fentanyl has been found in California and throughout the U.S. This is a potentially fatal drug found in pills and powders in a variety of bright colors, shapes and sizes. Tips to start the conversation:

  • Pick a neutral time with no distractions.
  • Be open and calm.
  • Be prepared and focus on the conversation.
  • Give teens scientific facts and explain the reality and risks of using drugs.
  • Educate teens on naloxone, including how to use it and where to get it.
  • Express your love and care.

Learn more how to talk to your teens:

Rainbow Fentanyl

Fentanyl & Opioid Overdose Prevention

  • Parent Toolkit helps parents learn more about the opioid problem, recognize warning signs, and open lines of communication with youth.
  • Parent conversation starters help parents talk with youth about opioid use and misuse (Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse)
  • “Talk. They Hear You.” Parent resources to help parents start and continue the conversation about the dangers of drinking alcohol and using other drugs at a young age. (Source: SAMHSA)

Emerging Electronic Tobacco Products

Flavors Hook Kids

Tobacco, Nicotine & Vaping NIDA for teens

Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit

Tobacco Cessation & Quit Resources

  • Quitting e-cigarettes
  • California Smoker's HelpLine: Free services for teens and adults, including self-help materials and one-on-one counseling. Services are available in multiple languages. Call 2-1-1 for direct referrals.
  • English: 1-800-NO BUTTS (1-800-662-8887)
  • Spanish: 1-800-45 NO FUME (1-800-456-6386)
  • Chew Tobacco: 1-800-844-CHEW (1-800-844-2439)

Cough and Cold Medicine Abuse

To understand the risks and know how to prevent your children from intentionally overdosing on cough and cold medicine follow this link.