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How to prevent alcohol and marijuana use in three easy steps:

Bond

Children who feel close to their parents are less likely to use alcohol and marijuana.

Set Boundaries

Set clear rules and expectations about no alcohol or marijuana use.

Monitor

Ask who, what, when and where.