• Children of parents who talk to their teens about drugs are 50% less likely to use.

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  • Most teens who abuse pain relievers say they get them from family and friends.

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  • More Americans die from drug overdoses than in car crashes.

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What is Start Talking! all about?

A new effort is underway across Ohio to prevent drug abuse among Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens – our children. Governor John R. Kasich and First Lady Karen W. Kasich have launched Start Talking! to give parents, guardians, educators and community leaders the tools to start the conversation with Ohio’s youth about the importance of living healthy, drug-free lives.

A majority of substance-free adolescents credit their parents for the decision not to use illegal substances. Likewise, teachers and other authority figures can have a similar influence on youth and their decision-making.

Parents, mentors and peers can make a difference just by talking to the young people in their lives about drug abuse. Please Start Talking!

Start the conversation


Understand the risks to your children and learn simple, effective
strategies to act

School Leaders

Provide programming that can reinforce conversations about the importance of living a healthy, drug-free life.


Focus on building resiliency in our youth so that they have the necessary emotional tools to resist substance use