Every Day Teens Can Make One Choice For Their Health: Do Not Use Any Alcohol, Nicotine, Marijuana or Other Drugs

For a Healthy Brain Teens Make “One Choice”

Many teens are confronted with drugs at some point during their teenage years. Be it at school, at home or with friends, teens have One Choice to make: to use or not to use alcohol, nicotine, marijuana, or other drugs. This site provides information about why not using any drugs is the best choice for health. Read more about the One Choice.

More Youth are Making this One Choice than Ever Before

At left Robert L. DuPont, MD, President of the Institute for Behavior and Health, and Sharon Levy, MD, Director of the Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program at Boston Children's Hospital, discuss their study showing positive long-term trends in the number of adolescents who refrain from using any alcohol, cigarettes, marijuana or other drugs. 


How Do You Really Keep Your Kids Safe From Addiction? Watch 10 things parents can do to help keep their kids safe from addiction from Addiction Policy Forum. More on prevention.


At a time when the nation is searching for ways to save lives from opioid and other drug overdoses as well as how to reduce the burden of addiction on individuals, families and communities, Robert L. DuPont, MD has written Chemical Slavery: Understanding Addiction and Stopping the Drug Epidemicfor parents, teachers, physicians and for everyone afflicted by addiction. The book also guides leaders in public policy and planning positions, as well as drug abuse treatment. Dr. DuPont is President of the Institute for Behavior and Health and served as the first Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. 

Chemical Slavery covers two crucial topics: First, the national drug epidemic including an understanding of its evolution to become a national emergency, and the science of addiction and recovery. Second, Dr. DuPont presents his experience-based guide to the intimate, day-to-day struggle with the disease of addiction from prevention to lasting recovery. This book shows the ways in which these two domains of addiction, the national and the personal, are intertwined and can be both understood and managed. More resources.

One choice Spotlight

Explore Youth Prevention

Learn about the Institute for Behavior and Health and consider making a tax-deductible donation today


IBH President Robert L. DuPont, MD speaks at a RyeAct Parents' Meeting about the important role of parents in youth substance use prevention [published by RyeTV].

Dr. DuPont's corresponding presentation slides.

Featured News

evidence on link between daily high-potency marijuana use and psychosis

Although there is ample evidence linking marijuana and psychosis, a new study in The Lancet Psychiatry is the first to show the impact on population rates of psychosis. Reuters reports “one in five new cases of psychosis across the sites studied could be linked to daily cannabis use, and more than one in 10 linked to use of high-potency cannabis. This would mean that if high potency cannabis were no longer available, the incidence of psychosis in Amsterdam, for example, would be expected to drop to 18.8 from 37.9 per 100,000 people a year, and in London to 31.9 from 45.7 per 100,000 people a year.” Read the full study. Visit the Resource Library.

We cannot let e-cigarettes become an on-ramp for teenage addiction

An op-ed in The Washington Post from Alex M. Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Scott Gottlieb, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), brings much-needed attention to the growing problem of youth use of nicotine through e-cigarettes: In one year fom 2017 to 2018, “the number of high-school-age children reporting use of e-cigarettes rose by more than 75 percent. Use among middle-schoolers also increased nearly 50 percent. That is an epidemic… The surge in e-cigarette use by teenagers is alarming because nicotine is highly addictive and can harm brain development, which continues into young adulthood. Worse, kids who start on e-cigarettes are actually more likely than non-user peers to migrate to smoking tobacco…”

Photo by NIDA

Photo by NIDA

Parents and student peers can help prevent high school opioid use

Columnist Rich Lord, outlines some ways parents and students can help prevent teen drug use. Combining advice from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and other experts on teen drug use, Lord gives succinct advice to help teens make One Choice for their health. More about youth prevention.

negative long-term effects of heavy Marijuana use on brain function and behavior

A study published in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging looked at the effects of heavy marijuana use on brain function and behavior. The accompanying press release summarizes, "Young people with cannabis dependence have altered brain function that may be the source of emotional disturbances and increased psychosis risk that are associated with cannabis abuse. The alterations were most pronounced in people who started using cannabis at a young age. The findings reveal potential negative long-term effects of heavy cannabis use on brain function and behavior, which remain largely unknown despite the drug’s wide use and efforts to legalize the substance." Read more about health effects of drug use.

Disclaimer: Resources on this website, including publications, treatment centers and individual providers are provided as a community service. The information or services offered may not be appropriate in your situation. Please discuss your family's personal needs with a health care provider.

Back to Top ↑