What to do if you're concerned about a teen's drug use

Sharing your concerns with a young person you suspect is using drugs is challenging, but it could save their life. Fentanyl is killing some young people the first or second time they experiment with drugs. It is more important than ever that everyone knows these risks. Coming from a place of love and support, you can start a constructive conversation.


Some useful phrases:

  • “I am here for you and love you no matter what. I want to have open and honest conversations with you about drugs and alcohol so I can best support you.”

  • “Where do you fall on the line when it comes to drugs? I am curious if you’ve checked in with yourself about this and how I might support you. (

    Use this guide as a resource)”

  • “If you tell me that you are using drugs, I will try to stay calm and open and be here for you. My #1 priority is your safety. If there is anything you want to tell me, I’m here.”

  • “I know that a lot of young people use drugs and alcohol, and I wouldn’t be surprised if you are. I just want to be here for you to help you make the safest decisions possible.”

  • “Do you need support? How can I help you? Are you open to looking at your use?”

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