Family and Community
Do Now List - a list of what to do now to keep your child drug free.
Do Tomorrow List - what to do every day after the Do Now List.
Do Now List.pdf
Do Tomorrow List.pdf
Heroin Fact Sheet.pdf
Navigating Teen Years - Parent Tips.pdf
Signs and Symptoms of Chemical Dependance.pdf
TIps for Teens - Heroin.pdf
Suffolk County Quality Cosortium Guide.pdf
Long Beach Heroin Info Guide.pdf
NCPD Anonymous Drug Analysis Program.pdf
LIFE-OP Facts and Objectives
PDFs to Download / Print
Helpful Lists and Information
What To Look For
It is important to keep in mind that if a child shows any of the following symptoms, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is using drugs. A substance abuse or mental health professional may help a child successfully overcome a crisis and develop more effective coping skills.
The key is change; it is important to watch for any significant change in your child's physical appearance, personality, attitude or behavior.
Physical Signs of Drug Abuse
Behavioral Signs of Drug Abuse
Tools for Parents
Although such topics as the use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs are emotionally charged, they are a natural and necessary part of communicating process you have with your child.  Clearly, the best time for such a conversation about drugs is when your child brings up the topic.  For most parents, however, it's not this easy and it may become your responsibility to raise the subject. You'll want to pick a time and a place that make it possible for you and your child to be comfortable and undisturbed.
Remember that the purpose of this encounter is communication, so listen to everything your child has to say.  Observe his or her nonverbal cues - they will let you know how he or she feels about having this conversation.  Listening means paying special attention to what is said, both verbally and non-verbally.
Communicating with your child about drug use should not be a one-time occurrence or a one-way process. Conversations about tobacco, alcohol and other drugs are not like inoculations that can protect children for all time.  Talk with your children often as they grown from preschool to adulthood.
Common Concerns Parents Have
"I don't want to be a hypocrite..."
What if you smoke, enjoy the occasional cocktail or experimented with drugs once yourself?  This is a legitimate concern, but it should not dissuade you from communicating honestly with your child and sharing what experience has taught you. You don't have to project a perfect image to be an effective communicator!  We are all human, and this is in itself an important message. 
"I don't want to plant ideas in my child's head..."
Are you concerned that you might inadvertently prompt your child to consider drug use when it wasn't even in his or her mind to begin with?  Don't worry; discussions don't suddenly make children users.  In fact, you can safely assume that your child is already aware of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.  Discussing these topics clarifies information and lets children know your views - it doesn't invite them to use these substances.
"I am uncomfortable with this role..."
There us nothing wrong with sharing your discomfort with your child.  No doubt he or she already senses it.  An admission from you reassures your child that your anxiety stems from within you, not from something he or she has said or done.
Your child says...
Your first response may
be to blurt out... 
 A better response would be...
Timmy has started smoking
his parents don't know
 I'm going to call Timmy's
parents. They have to be
told and that's all there is
to it.
How do you feel about Timmy
starting to smoke and his
parents not knowing
Pot can't be all that bad for
you because I've seen kids
who use it and they're fine.
It'll be bad for them it they
get caught and end up in
trouble with the law.
I'd like to share with you some
of the information I read about
the effects of smoking
marijuana over time.
You lived through the 70's.
why don't you let me live
through my decade
without your interference.
I don't want you to make
the same mistakes I did.
Sharing my experiences and
listening to yours are among
the most important things I
can do for you as a parent.
Nobody else has parents
this strict.  You're still living
in the Dark Ages.
One day you'll be down on
your knees thanking me.
How would like me to be? 
What do you think would be
most helpful to you?
How can you tell me not to
smoke when you inhale two
packs a day?  Isn't that
awfully hypocritical?
Don't you dare talk to your
father like that.
I know I'm not providing you with
a good example.  I'd very much
like to quit.
Helpful examples of parent-child dialogues
Remember: take inventory of all Rx drugs and keep them in a secure place and constantly update!
To report drug problems in your community call Nassau County District Attorney's Office Anonymous Tip Line at 516-739-6666.
(To Get a Talk Kit - go to

In addition, the NCPD offers an Anonymous Drug Analysis Program, for parents or guardians.  If you discover your child has a substance you think is a drug, the NCPD’s program will test and identify the substance and provide anonymous advice and counsel from a member of the NCPD Narcotics/Vice Squad.  No criminal charges will be filed as a result of items submitted for analysis.  Parents/Guardians may bring the suspicious substance to their local precinct stationhouse along with an envelope.  For more information:

NCPD Anonymous Drug Analysis Program

The Nassau County District Attorney has recognized that the County is suffering from a heroin problem of epidemic proportions. In "Not My Child," a 45-minute slideshow presentation, her staff presents stories of heroin addiction and discusses signs of addiction and ways to try and combat the problem. The presentation includes a statistical comparison of heroin deaths to other crime related fatalities to illustrate how significant a problem this is in our communities. There is also a discussion of recent heroin investigations and their impact on our neighborhoods. This piece is designed to inform parents and educators that no child is immune from this growing problem, that it is difficult to spot in its early stages, that EVERY community can suffer from its effects and that we must all partner to tackle this deadly issue. This presentation compliments the presentations of both the police department and treatment facilities.

For information on how to schedule a presentation, please call 516-571-3707.  Please check the DA's website for more community programs. DA's website:

Nassau County District Attorney's Office
Not My Child Presentation
Teens and Heroin
Treatment and Prevention
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Family Support Groups
Addiction is a family disease.  Having a family member - a son, daughter, spouse, parent, brother or sister - who is struggling with drug addiction can be frightening, frustrating, depressing and all-consuming as you join them in virtual roller coaster ride of highs and lows.
Family support groups help you get grounded, learn some facts about addiction, and come up with strategies that will help give you some peace of mind.  You'll gain perspective, new insights and walk away with new resources for coping with the disease of addiction.  Most importantly, you'll be able to connect with other families, understand that you're not alone.
Residents with an addicted family member are welcome to attend, regardless of whether their loved one is in treatment, has begun the recovery process or is still actively using drugs or alcohol.  The groups are professionally facilitated, completely confidential and meet every Saturday from 10:00 to 11:30AM both at LICADD's Williston Park office located at 207 Hillside Avenue and at our Ronkonkoma office, located at 2805 Veterans Highway, Suite 26. Also contact NAFAS for family support. View NAFAS brochure.
The 411 on Addiction - teaching kids about drugs and alcohol.
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