Talk Alcohol & Drugs

Be Someone Kids Can Talk To

The strongest predictor of youth making good choices is how you as a parent and other important adults, model those choices and have honest conversations with them.

As adults, we have big influence. We need to talk (and often) with young people about issues they are facing, especially if they involve mental health, risky behaviors, and alcohol and drugs.

Though there are always new and alarming drugs showing up, the bulk of drug-related harms and costs to society in Nebraska are caused by alcohol, nicotine and marijuana.

Sometimes it is easy to dismiss or be in denial about someone’s alcohol and/or drug use. However, research shows that people are far more likely to seek help and services if it is suggested by someone close to them.


Tips and Tools

If you’re looking for more tips and tools to help on your parenting journey or as an ally of a young person, you’ve come to the right place. There are dozens of resources for you to use to help kids live happy and healthy lives.

This resource rich site also features ways for you to easily find local support, contact us and learn more about the Region 5 Prevention Network.


As cannabis becomes legal across more states in the U.S, it’s essential to know about the new cannabis products that slip under the radar or try to pass as “legal.”


This campaign features Nebraskans from around our state telling their stories about why they choose to live substance free.


Abbe Edgecombe, SCIP Coordinator, shares the harmful effects of marijuana, how to identify drug influence, information about E-Cigarettes, and tips for preventing teen drug use.


Abbe Edgecombe, SCIP Coordinator, and Officer Andre O’Connor of the Lincoln Police Department share how parents and guardians can stay informed about teen substance abuse.


Parents of adolescents face a tough dilemma about substance use: we may want our children to be abstinent, but what do we do if they are not?


Youth drug abuse is a high-profile public health concern, with at least 1-in-8 teenagers abusing an illicit substance in the last year.