Government provides guide, advice on synthetic drug dangers

  • February 17, 2012 - 11:13 AM

The Partnership at has unveiled a kit for parents and other adults to learn about synthetic drugs and talk to teens about them.

A narrated slideshow and printable guide includes descriptions of the substances, some common street names for them, their dangerous effects, statistics and advice on messages that parents can deliver.

"The most powerful force -- always -- in this issue, and the most cost-effective way to deal with a drug problem is to prevent the use of drugs. And that doesn't flow directly from government, it really flows from parents," said White House advisor Gil Kerlikowske, director of National Drug Control Policy. "Time and again the research demonstrates that parents are the most powerful force, and the most powerful voice and the most listened-to voice in the lives of young people."

The slideshow is available at:

The printable guide is at:

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