Parents + Family

"Youth who learn the risks of drugs and alcohol from their parents are up to 50% less likely to use."

– Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Parents are the single most powerful influence in a child's life. By starting the conversation early with your child, and continuing the conversation through the teen years, you can help prevent alcohol and drug use.

Healthy Lincoln County provides parents with the latest data, talking points, tips, training, and other free resources to help prevent alcohol and drug use.

Remember, you are not alone. MOST parents don't approve of underage drinking and drug use.

Parent Reading List – books donated by Healthy Lincoln County and available at your local library.


Parents are the #1 influence in a child's life. It’s not too early to talk with your child to prevent youth substance use.

When to Talk

  • In a car, you have a captive audience to provide short bits of information.
  • When watching TV, address any illegal drug or alcohol use shown.
  • During mealtimes, take time to speak with your child – research shows that children who have dinner with their families are less likely to drink alcohol or use illegal drugs.

What You Can Say

  • Preschool: "Vitamins are to keep us healthy, but only take what I give you."
  • Elementary School: "You should only take medicines that your doctor chooses for you – it’s dangerous to take someone else’s medicine and it could make you sick."
  • Middle School: "Alcohol and drugs can damage your brain and may stop you from being your best in school and in sports."
  • High School: "If you’re ever in a situation where you have to choose between getting in a car with someone who has been drinking or using drugs, and calling me, I want you to know you can call me and I’ll come get you with no questions asked."