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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (August 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143915631X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439156315
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,191,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Teens and college students are surrounded by drugs and alcohol, in school, at play, even at home. As a physician specializing in adolescents, I know that since they have to deal with this problem, then as a parent so do you. How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid provides the practical advice and information that every parent needs. If you read only one book, this is the one." -- Ralph I. Lopez, MD, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Weill Medical College of Cornell and author of The Teen Health Book: A Parent's Guide to Adolescent Health and Well-Being

"A parent's tool box for today. An invaluable primer to help you help your children navigate the difficult and contradictory messages about drugs and alcohol." -- Jamie Lee Curtis, mother, author of children's books and actress

"A must read for all parents to learn new ways to help their children grow up safe and drug free. Through its 9 facets of parental engagement, Joseph Califano's How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid gives parents proven, practical ways to constructively engage in the lives of their children and to use their "Parent Power" in order to be their child's strongest positive influence." -- Chuck Saylors, President, National PTA

"Numerous studies show both the influence parents can have on their teens' behavior and the problems they have in exerting it. This wise, practical and well written book gives them the tools they need. I enthusiastically recommend it to parents." -- Herbert D. Kleber, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Division on Substance Abuse, Columbia University

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"Teens and college students are surrounded by drugs and alcohol, in school, at play, even at home. As a physician specializing in adolescents, I know that since they have to deal with this problem, then as a parent so do you. How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid provides the practical advice and information that every parent needs. If you read only one book, this is the one."-- Ralph I. Lopez, MD, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Weill Medical College of Cornell and author of The Teen Health Book: A Parent's Guide to Adolescent Health and Well-Being

"A parent's tool box for today. An invaluable primer to help you help your children navigate the difficult and contradictory messages about drugs and alcohol."-- Jamie Lee Curtis, mother, author of children's books and actress

"A must read for all parents to learn new ways to help their children grow up safe and drug free. Through its 9 facets of parental engagement, Joseph Califano's How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid gives parents proven, practical ways to constructively engage in the lives of their children and to use their "Parent Power" in order to be their child's strongest positive influence."-- Chuck Saylors, President, National PTA

"Numerous studies show both the influence parents can have on their teens' behavior and the problems they have in exerting it. This wise, practical and well written book gives them the tools they need. I enthusiastically recommend it to parents."-- Herbert D. Kleber, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Division on Substance Abuse, Columbia University --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Joseph A. Califano, Jr. is Founder and Chair Emeritus of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA), an independent non-profit research center in New York City he founded in 1992.

Mr. Califano received his Bachelor of Arts degree from The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1952, and his LL.B., from Harvard Law School in 1955 where, he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Mr. Califano served as President Lyndon B. Johnson's top White House domestic aide from 1965 to 1969. In this position, he led the preparation of the President's legislative program, handled domestic crises, and coordinated coordinate economic policies. He worked on a variety of domestic problems, including health care, education, environmental and urban issues, civil rights, consumer protection, and labor-management relations.

From 1977 to 1979, Mr. Califano served as U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare under President Carter. As Secretary, Mr. Califano mounted major health promotion and disease prevention programs, including childhood immunization, the first national anti-smoking campaign, an alcoholism initiative, and issuance of Healthy People, the Surgeon General's Report on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention which for the first time set health goals for the American people. He issued the first regulations under Title IX to provide equal treatment to women's collegiate athletics and the first regulations to provide access and protection for the handicapped. He funded the first free standing Hospice in America and issued regulations to cover hospice care under Medicare.

He has been Adjunct Professor of Public Health (Health Policy and Management) at Columbia University's Medical School and School of Public Health and is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2010, he received the Gustav O. Lienhard Award, the Institute's highest honor, for his contributions to improving public health, his leadership in catalyzing federal action to curb smoking, and his broader efforts to reduce the toll of addiction and substance abuse.

Mr. Califano is the author of thirteen books. He has written articles for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Readers Digest, New Republic, Journal of the American Medical Association, The New England Journal of Medicine, America, The Washington Monthly, and others.

He resides in Westport, Connecticut with his wife, the former Hilary Paley Byers. They have five children and nine grandchildren.

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This book should be handed out by pediatricians to patients and should be a must read for all parents, aunts and uncles.
Suzanne O'Sullivan
What a great resource for parents of teens and tweens.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne O'Sullivan on August 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
Finally, a REAL "how to" book taking on some of the tough parenting issues. This book should be handed out by pediatricians to patients and should be a must read for all parents, aunts and uncles.

Califano gets it right. The best prevention starts at home. Anyone who worries about what to say when a child starts to ask about drugs and alcohol will find this book to be invaluable. Califano's tips and techniques on how to talk to our children are simple and easy to follow. Nowadays it's easy to be cynical and think "it's just another parenting book", but this book goes beyond the basics and is a great tool for parents and relatives who, like me, worry about their children being exposed to drugs.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Charles Reynolds on August 12, 2009
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Raising children in today's world is a real challenge- kids are exposed to temptations we never had to worry about, and our parents never talked to us about. As a result, it's hard for parents of our generation to know exactly what we can do to help our children deal with the dangers they face, like binge drinking and prescription drug abuse. This book gives parents the confidence to know exactly what to say and what steps to take to help their children make smart choices; I'm going to recommend it to every parent I know!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Haddad on August 12, 2009
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I'm going to recommend this book to all my patients. It's a must read for every parent. Not only is it engaging and easy to read but it is truly a "how to" - chocked full of useful tips and examples that you can implement with your own kids.

Lisa Haddad, M.D., M.S.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Athan on September 22, 2010
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I just received this book today from Amazon and already have learned a great deal. What a great resource for parents of teens and tweens. It really goes into great detail about the drug use today, how kids get their hands on alcohol, drugs and tobacco, the dangers to their brain, cognitive, emotional and social development, and what to do as parents. I like the author's writing style and like that he presents all sides of the issues. This isn't just a book that tells us "just say no", but gives all the facts about what happens to the teen's developing brain as well as other concerns that we should have as parents. There are numerous studies sited along with very helpful and practical advice. I highly recommend this to anyone who has a teen today. Thank you Joseph Califano Jr. for an excellent resource that I will be happy to share with many other parents that I know.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Hadley on April 12, 2014
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He understands the situation we are facing with drug use among our youth and he has his fingers on the pulse of what actually prevents drug abuse. It's easy reading, with plenty of supporting documentation of workability. I wish every parent would read this before their old child reaches 10 years of age.
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for all parents' of teenagers concerned about the growing accessiblilty in high schools of illegal medications, alcohol, and prescription pain killers. A must read
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