The risks of using drugs
Explains the broad range of harmful long-term and short-term effects associated with the use of drugs.
The majority of teenagers don’t smoke or drink alcohol. They are even less likely to experiment with illicit drugs. For those who do try drugs, many won’t go on using drugs regularly and only a small number will develop serious problems.
Below is some advice for parents who are concerned about their children and drugs.
Most drug prevention programs emphasise the important influence that parents and guardians have on children. Good parenting is the best defence against drug use. Try to encourage the following:
It can be difficult to tell if a young person is using drugs as some common signs such as mood swings and physical changes, are also part of normal adolescent development. Look for opportunities to talk with your child about drug use. Be specific about the things you have seen that are worrying you. Listen to their responses.
Expressing concern about the particular behaviour and not directly accusing your child can make it easier for them to come to you.
Some factors that can indicate drug use include: