Whether you are a parent, grandparent, or any other person who cares about an adolescent’s future, it is important to address the issue of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. If our youth don’t hear it from you, they’ll hear it from someone else.



Positive parenting strategies can help empower an adolescent to avoid using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Mother’s Against Drunk Driving’s  (MADD) Power of Parents Program states that parents with positive parenting styles take an active role in teaching teens responsibility, set clear expectations about teen behavior, such as waiting until age 21 before drinking alcohol, explain reasons behind their expectations and encourage teens to talk about any concerns, and set and enforce consequences before agreements are not met.


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Other Information and Resources:

LRADAC Community Resource Center – (803) 726-9411 – 2711 Colonial Drive, Columbia, SC 29203

The Community Resource Center (CRC) is a lending library offering alcohol, tobacco and other drug information, resources on parenting techniques, skills for building self-esteem, positive peer pressure, and other community prevention issues. Click here for more information about the LRADAC Community Resource Center.

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs

 Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

 Parents- The Antidrug

National Institute on Drug Abuse – Parents & Educators

Street Drugs

Heroin Facts


Above the Influence

The Blunt Truth SC

U.S. National Library of Medicine

Office of National Drug Control Policy

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

DEA Drug Fact Sheet

Prescription Drugs

U.S. National Library of Medicine

Kids Health

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Teen Drug Abuse

Oxycontin – Rx Drug List

Xanax Facts

NIH – Prescription Drug Abuse