EMCDDA Webinar: Teens and substance use — what can parents do?

EMCDDA webinar Monday, 8 May 2023, 13.00-14-30 (CET Brussels), Teens and substance use: what can parents do?  Image of the legs of four teens sitting on a cement wall

This webinar took place on 8 May 2023. Watch the recording >>

Objective: To help adults manage risks relating to adolescent substance use in line with evidence-based prevention principles.

Background: Smoking and drinking among 15–16-year-old school students are showing signs of decline, but there are concerns over potentially risky cannabis use and the challenges posed by new addictive behaviours. These are among the findings from the latest report from the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD).

There are some aspects of parental life that are always — no matter the generational, geographical or cultural background — a cause for concern. These worries include whether adolescents might be experimenting with psychoactive substances. Parents tend to take honesty and openness seriously, in order to be a positive example. At the same time, their overwhelming priority is to keep their children safe and healthy by preventing high-risk behaviours.

In this webinar, we will explore evidence-based practices (i.e., what-to-do and what-not-to-do) to help address the hot topic of ‘drugs’ (whether legal or illegal) with teens from a parental perspective. 

In conversation with:

  • Ina Koning, prevention researcher, VU Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Terese Glatz, parenting researcher, Örebro University, Sweden
  • Gregor Burkhart, senior prevention analyst, EMCDDA

Chairperson: Rachele Donini, prevention expert, Italy

Opening and closing remarks: Alexis Goosdeel, Director EMCDDA

Format: EMCDDA opening remarks, panellists’ questions, guided discussion, Q&A. 

Participants will structure their conversation around three main topics:

  1. Do we matter? The role of parents versus peers.
  2. What can we do and say? Parental rules and communication.
  3. Does it matter if I use substances myself? Parents' own substance use and rules.

Length: 1.5 hours

Participants: The webinar is open to all upon registration, after which the person will receive a link to connect.

Date: 8 May, 12.00-13.30 Lisbon time (WET) / 13.00-14.30 Brussels time (CET)

Platform: Zoom

Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Cfvka2ICTqOMz5x_ZSNgTg