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.


There is A LOT to know about teen drinking…


Vape-related death and illness incidents are on the rise, so it’s important to talk to your teens about the dangers.


A podcast for teens made by teens where they discuss how to navigate life in high school…


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) created a guide to help you spot the signs of underage drinking.


Monitoring the Future is an annual survey of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders…the survey has measured how teens report their drug and alcohol use and related attitudes…