Prevent Underage Drinking & Substance Abuse

With a focus on Connecticut’s youth, we understand that there are obstacles young people will have to overcome. Our goal is to provide communities, parents and educators with the best resources to reduce the impact of substance abuse, empower young people to live successful lives, and encourage communities to reflect positive lifestyles. From underage drinking to illicit drug use, studies are showing that kids are abusing substances at concerning rates.

We know that:

  • Connecticut’s youth drink at rates 26-28% higher than their peers nationally.
  • Almost 1 in 5 high school students in the state report using marijuana at least once in their life.
  • Painkillers and prescription drugs have been misused by 10% of Connecticut teens.
  • Law enforcement and concerned adults struggle to address the availability of new synthetic drugs in their communities.

So, what can you do to prevent substance abuse among youth in your community? Where can schools and law enforcement turn for prevention strategies and the latest research? Finally, how can you prevent a child from getting involved in drugs or alcohol? You will find emerging research and trends in our Resources, best practices in the field, specialized training topics, and parent tips, all designed to support a comprehensive, evidence-based prevention approach to promote healthy and successful youth development, while reducing underage drinking and substance abuse overall. In addition, we can connect concerned adults to resources if you suspect a child has a problem.

Marijuana — legal or otherwise — is a hot topic. It’s more important than ever for parents to protect their kids’ health and development by addressing this issue early and often. Your teens are likely asking you some tough questions and challenging you on the topic of marijuana. View the Marijuana Talk Toolkit here for advice from top experts in health and parenting to help you talk with your teen.