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Resources Parents & Family Members

A Guide to Keeping Your Teenager Safe in a Changing World
Explains to parents the dangers of teenagers abusing prescription drugs (e.g., painkillers, stimulants, sedatives) and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs (e.g., cough syrup). Includes warning signs that your child may be using prescription or OTC drugs to get high.

Addiction Guide
This Addiction Guide covers how drugs and alcohol affect the body, how to identify the signs and symptoms of abuse, and where to seek effective treatment.

Alcohol Abuse Screening Assessments
These assessments provide stats, recommended actions, and resources for help based on the individual's answer to the questions provided. These are great guidelines to determining whether or not someone is struggling with addiction.

Disposal of Unused Medicines: What You Should Know
Medicines play an important role in treating many conditions and diseases, but when they are no longer needed itäó»s important to dispose of them properly to avoid harm to others.

Drug Guide
Information on a variety of different drugs, common names for those drugs, side effects, etc.

Effect of Illegal Drugs on the Heart
Illegal drugs are drugs that are sold, often for recreational purposes, even though they are not legally approved. These drugs are typically dangerous, with many of them causing health problems, including problems with the heart. The type of heart complications or problems a person may potentially suffer from depend on the drug itself as well as other factors. These problems may include worsening of current heart problems, a change in heart rate that is either slower or faster, or even heart failure or death.

Get Smart About Drugs
A drug education website for parents, educators, and caregivers for learning about marijuana use and drugged driving; how to identify drug paraphernalia; why spice/K2 is a serious drug trend and more.

How to Talk to your Kids About Substance Abuse
A resource for talking to kids about substance abuse - whether their own personal use or their exposure to others' substance abuse. Provides information on trends, risk factors, and signs of substance abuse.

IMPACT 2-1-1
IMPACT is a dependable community resource for anyone concerned about themselves or a loved one.

Impact of Marijuana on Children and Adolescents
Evidence-Based Information on Cannabis/Marijuana, a PDF presented by CSAM.

Information on Addiction for the General Public
Many people do not understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs. This resource from CSAM gives some basic information for the general public on addiction.

Marijuana Talk Kit
Between marijuana legalization, the normalization in pop culture and new ways of using (edibles, vaporizers, concentrates), it's becoming more complicated for parents to talk to their teens. So where do you start? And what should you say?

Medication Resource Guide(s)
Download the MEDucation kit for information and resources related to youth drug use.

MHA Wisconsin: Resources for Milwaukee
This directory includes resources for mental health, wellness, and addiction services in the Greater Milwaukee Area.

MHA Wisconsin: Veteran and Family Resource Directory
MHA has partnered with Dryhootch, a veteran peer-run organization, to create an online Veteran & Family Resource Directory.

Parent Toolkit
Various resources for parents or other concerned adults.

Prescription Drug Abuse Information & Statistics
Background information and a variety of resources related to prescription drugs.

Prevent Drug Abuse
Kids who learn a lot about the risks of drugs and alcohol from their parents are up to 50% less likely to use than those who do not. A resource for parents and adults.

Protect Your Kids: 3 Steps to Safeguard Your Home
Two-thirds of teens who report abuse of prescription medicine are getting them from friends, family and acquaintances. Make sure the teens in your life don't have access to your medicine. Find out how to monitor, secure and properly dispose of unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter cough medicine in your home.

Resources for Parents & Grandparents
A variety of resources available from the Medicine Abuse Project.

Rx Teen Fact Sheet
A one-page resource for parents or caretakers on preventing teen prescription medicine abuse.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Resources related to substance abuse and mental health.

Substance Abuse Screening
These assessments provide stats, recommended actions, and resources for help based on the individual's answer to the questions provided. These are great guidelines to determining whether or not someone is struggling with addiction.

Teen Drug Abuse
Information about the health effects of teen substance abuse, prevention, and underage drinking.

Treatment Information 
MCSAP's list of treatment information and resources. 

Understanding Withdrawal
Withdrawal is a hard process, understanding the symptoms and how to deal with them is crucial to be successful. It requires patience and diligence to continue while the human body cleanses itself of the substance. The symptoms of withdrawal can leave a person feeling lifeless and may even pose serious risks if not handled with care. To avoid a negative reaction to withdrawal from alcohol or drug addiction, seek professional help instead of attempting to undertake the challenge on your own. It could very well mean your life.

Talking to Your Kids about Drug and Alcohol Abuse: The Ultimate Do's and Don't's Guide
This guide covers the do's and don’t's for talking to your kids about the dangers of addiction and substance abuse, regardless of age. Even if you think your child is well-aware of the risks, as the most important role model in his or her life, it is always necessary to have the conversation. Don’t forget to stress above all that you love your child and will always do what you can to protect them.

Intervention eBook: What To Do If Your Child Is Drinking or Doing Drugs
If you’re concerned about your teen’s drug or alcohol use, then it is time to take action. You can never be too safe or intervene too early – even if you believe your teen is just “experimenting.”

Co-occurring Disorders
An easy-to-understand fact sheet on co-occurring disorders, formerly known as dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders.


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The Priorities

MCSAP addresses policies, practices and programs in our two current priority areas: marijuana use among youth and fatal drug overdose, with a particular emphasis on prescription drugs.

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