Parent Action on Drugs (www.parentactionondrugs) grew out of the concern of a group of parents who were troubled by the growing threat that alcohol and other drugs posed for their school-aged children. Registered as a charity in 1983, today PAD offers a wide range of programs and services aimed at prevention, education and support.
PAD's mission is to address issues of substance use among youth through outreach, prevention, education, and parent support.
PAD enhances the capacity of parents, youth, educators, health promoters and communities to promote an environment that encourages youth to make informed choices.
The first point of prevention is in the home. With this in mind, PAD offers parent-focused, up-to-date information to increase awareness of tobacco, alcohol and other drug use. PAD's resources help parents prepare for the challenges their children face every day.
PAD's programs are designed to prevent substance misuse among teens by giving parents ways to talk to their children about drugs and to identify problems before they become serious. These resources help strengthen family bonds, improve parenting skills and reinforce family interactions from the early years through adolescence. Parent resources answer questions like "When do I start talking to my child about drugs?" and discuss sensitive subjects such as cultural conflicts and peer pressure. They provide practical advice for parents who ask, "What can I do?"
PAD develops exciting, interactive school-based programming aimed directly at youth.
PAD has been a leader in implementing innovative, peer-led programs that involve older teens helping younger teens and providing information to lower the risks associated with teenage partying. PAD works with other organizations to provide curriculum support to help teachers deliver current, relevant classroom activities in health and physical education and social sciences. And PAD's comprehensive workshops and training opportunities benefit teachers, health professionals and other front-line community workers.
For parents who have concerns about a son or daughter's use of drugs, PAD has various resources available including our PAD Parent & Community Handbook. PAD provides these resources free of charge to parents and will also refer parents to other organizations for information or support depending on their specific needs.