As students move through school, they face mounting peer pressure to try things like drugs and alcohol.
But a KOTA Territory anti-drug group says parents still play a role in their kids' decisions.
Lifeways says one way to do that is to tell parents they can still push their kids in the right direction.
Survey data show students who feel they can talk to their parents about their lives, and who feel their parents would be very upset about them drinking or doing drugs, are far less likely to use.
"If we can communicate those messages loud and clear, that we're both there for them and yet we have boundaries and we have limits that we don't want them to cross," said Lifeways community outreach coordinator Nikkole Abbas, "we can really influence their choices."
Lifeways members also say being very upset doesn't necessarily bring harsh punishments, and students and parents should discuss that.