This article, entitled "Keeping Kids Drug Free," comes from Katie Kuenkel, MomsEveryday correspondent from Western Wisconsin.
Teaching kids to say no to drugs and alcohol is a necessary part of being a parent. It's best to have the "drug talk" when children are young, long before they have the opportunity to try drugs or alcohol. Make your expectations clear and avoid scare tactics. Instead, explain that you want them to live their life to the fullest.
Outside of having the drug talk with your kids, simply teaching them healthy ways to deal with stress can reduce the likelihood of them turning to drugs and alcohol in the future.
If you do suspect your child is using drugs, confront them immediately. Advice on how to intervene can be found at drugfree.org.