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Resources and Strategies for Reducing Use

Below is a collection of resources to help parents, communities, and others prevent adolescent marijuana use. 

For Parents

  • Marijuana: Facts Parents Need to Know, from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), answers questions about marijuana and gives parents tools to start talking about marijuana with their adolescent. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) also has a guide that gives parents, caregivers, and other adults tools that help prevent youth drug use
  • NIDA also offers a guide of next steps and information to help an adolescent or young adult who might have a drug problem. There is also a guide on important questions to ask when trying to find a drug treatment program. 
  • The Partnership for Drug Free Kids has tips on how to start a conversation about marijuana and a downloadable talk kit with more details.
  • This booklet, from a partnership of researchers and healthcare providers from the state of Washington, shares how parents can start conversations and prevent adolescents’ use of marijuana when marijuana is legal for adults. 

For Communities

For Adolescents

  • Get the facts on how marijuana can impact adolescent brain development and other harmful effects.
  • Above the Influence has stories from teens, resources to help teens or their friends, ways to get involved, and tips to resist peer pressure.
  • Tips for Teens answers some frequently asked questions about marijuana use, risks to health and brain processing, how to spot marijuana use in friends, and what to do to help. You can also read the Spanish version
  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline, at 1-800-662-HELP, is a free, confidential, 24/7 treatment information and referral service for anyone facing substance use and mental health disorders. You can call any time for information in English and Spanish, and for referrals to local treatment centers, support groups, and community-based organizations.
  • SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator is a confidential and anonymous way for people in the United States to look for substance use disorder or mental health treatment. 


Content created by Office of Adolescent Health
Content last reviewed on February 25, 2019