Resources for Parents

A Parent’s Role

Parents have great influence on their children’s decisions before they begin to use illegal substances. Many students report that one of the main reasons they choose NOT to use is parental disapproval. What parents say and model for their children does make a difference. Learn and understand how the adolescent brain differs from a mature brain and the negative consequences alcohol and other substances have on brain development, academic success, and the possibility of addiction.


Massachusetts Technical Assistance Partnership for Prevention (MASStap) The Massachusetts Technical Assistance Partnership for Prevention (MassTAPP) supports communities across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in addressing substance abuse prevention.

National Institute on Drug Abuse NIDA’s mission is to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health.

Search Institute Discovering what kids need to succeed 

Students Against Destructive Decisions – SADD EMPOWER. ENGAGE. MOBILIZE. CHANGE. For 35 years, SADD has been the leading organization committed to saving lives by empowering teens to stand strong against destructive decisions. We have an active local chapter at WHS.

MA SOCIAL HOST LAW As the season of graduation parties and summer celebrations comes upon us, it is a good time to be reminded that there are penalties for furnishing or serving alcohol to underage guests. M. G. L. ch. 138, § 34 provides a fine of up to $2,000, imprisonment for up to a year, or both.

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)  Organization of over 5000 anti-drug coalitions, each working to make their community safe, healthy, and drug-free. WaylandCares is a member of CADCA.

The Massachusetts Prevention Alliance (MAPA) is an organization that advocates, educates and collaborates to protect young people from addiction and substance abuse.


a search institute resource for families

ParentFurther is an online resource to help families strengthen relationships through shared activities. 

Mass gov. Prevention Information on how to prevent and identify opioid misuse and where to go for help. You are not alone. Together, we can stop addiction in its tracks.

Middlesex Partnerships for Youth Inc. (MPY), in partnership with the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, is an organization which provides training, fosters collaboration, and develops initiatives to increase students’ safety, health and learning in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. 

Partnership for Drug Free Kids WHERE FAMILIES FIND ANSWERS  provide support and guidance to families struggling with their son or daughter’s substance use.

PARENT TOOLKIT Tips for raising drug-free kids. 

Successful Positive Authentic Resilient Kids (SPARK) Supporting families and communities in raising kind and empowered youth. A Natick based organization supporting Metrowest communities.  

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program

An excerpt From
A Parent’s Guide for the Prevention of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Use

What are our children saying?
“Help me.”

What do you want your parents to tell you about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs?
“Everything they know.”
“What alcohol and other drugs did to their friends.”

“Let us know the dangers early in life so we won’t have to find out on our own.”

What do you want your parents to do if they suspect you are using?
“Help me.”
“Search my room for alcohol, tobacco and other drugs–test me–find out the source.”