Top 5 Most Used Drugs

As a parent, it is important to be aware of the following substances and their effects on minors. View each topic below for more on short and long-term effects of each drug, what to look for, and how to talk about drugs with your child.



Prescription Drugs




Talk to teens about marijuana.

Some things to consider when talking with your child about alcohol, prescriptions, vapes, marijuana, and tobacco.

  • Marijuana – The recent legalization of marijuana in Michigan does not make it safe for minors. Marijuana can permanently damage the developing mind.
  • Vape – Yes, it is just as bad as smoking. Vapors from e-cigarettes contain harmful carcinogens and are addicting.
  • Alcohol – 60% of Michiganders had a drink within the past month. Talking to your child before 21 will help them develop healthier drinking habits and avoid binge drinking.
  • Tobacco – Tobacco is consumed in many forms, none of which are safe. 1 in 5 kids who smoke under 18 become regular users of a substance that is extremely difficult to quit.
  • Prescription Drugs – Opioids, stimulants, and depressants can be deadly when used outside of their intended purposes. Drug overdose is now the No. 1 cause of unintentional death in the United States.