About Parent Movement 2.0

Parent Movement 1.0

Parents have more power than anyone else to protect their children from addictive drugs. US illicit drug use reached the highest levels in history – before or since – in the late 1970s. The graph on this page shows use among high school seniors in 1979, when 39% used illicit drugs (tallest bar).

Parents organized. Some formed Parent Peer Groups around their children and their children’s best friends to encourage healthy, substance-free behaviors.

Others formed Parent Community Groups to discourage marijuana legalization and advocate for laws to ban the sale of drug paraphernalia, which promoted substance use to underage children like the alcohol and tobacco industries do.

Parents, and all who supported the Parent Movement, drove substance use down among seniors, from 39% in 1979 to 14% (shortest bar) in 1992.

A major infusion of funds into the legalization movement in the early 1990s resulted in increases in substance use across all ages. By 2018 , 24% of high school seniors used illicit drugs in the past month.

Parent Movement 2.0

It is time for a new Parent Movement, a 21st Century Parent Movement, to prevent the underage use of marijuana, alcohol, nicotine, and other addictive drugs.

Are you in?

The “I’m In” pledge activates a parent’s membership in Parent Movement 2.0. Parents are key to preventing underage use of any drugs.


the “I’m In” Parent Pledge and then sign it to find out how parents of the 21st Century are making a difference.

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