Remember: Parents are the #1 reason that kids choose not to use drugs
Start young and make talking about it a regular habit.
Find the right times for relaxed conversations that won't be interrupted. Try talking while driving, walking the dog or cooking together.
Start the conversation in ways your child can relate to. Comment on media stories and popular culture news. Frame it as a health issue.
Be clear about your expectations for them to make healthy choices.
Ask open ended questions, not intrusive or blaming. "What would you do if a friend offered you...?" Focus on 'what if' questions and what they could say or do.
Be informed and answer questions. See the Resources below.
If you or someone you care about are developing unhealthy habits, here are some resources to check out: