Almost every parent’s worst nightmare would be to discover that their child had been taking drugs. Most parents worry that the growing problem with drugs on the streets of Britain will affect their child and will, therefore, want to protect them from this situation at all costs.
Drugs in Schools
Imagine how devastating it would be to find out that your young teenager was in possession of an illegal drug such as heroin. A request under the Freedom of Information Act has revealed that a fourteen-year-old girl from Greater Manchester was discovered with £500 worth of heroin at school.
Between 2011 and 2014, there were two cases of students possessing heroin in school with another 100 found in possession of other illegal drugs during the same period. Unbelievably, a ten-year-old student was found to be in possession of cannabis.
A spokesperson from Greater Manchester Police said that, while the figures were low considering the number of schools in the Greater Manchester area, just one student found in possession of illegal drugs was too many.
He also added that it was not GMPs policy to criminalise youngsters found in possession of small quantities of illegal drugs. He said they are typically referred to the relevant authority where they can get help and understand how their actions may have consequences.
How Parents Play a Major Role in Preventing Children from Using Drugs
Drugs and alcohol are much more readily available than they were a couple of decades ago. Children and teenagers can easily access them and are more likely to take drugs than their parents were. Nonetheless, whether a child chooses to take drugs or not is a decision that can be greatly influenced by the parents. It is important that parents talk to children about the dangers of drug use at a young age, and enforce these views as the child gets older.
What Can Parents Do?
Parents can help children by providing them with clear rules and guidance about not taking drugs or drinking alcohol. It is important to lead by example and if you do not want your child to use tobacco products or drugs, then you should not use them yourself, especially in front of your children. While drinking alcohol is considered socially acceptable, it is better to drink in moderation in front of your child and never let them see you ‘drunk’.
How Parents’ Actions Influence Children
Children learn a lot from their parents and these kids will notice how the parents deal with things such as stress, emotional problems, and physical symptoms. If you are the type to reach for a glass of wine when things get tough, the chances are your child will mimic your behaviour as he or she gets older. Also, never drink and drive because this will ensure your children learn the importance of safety and will be less likely to drink and drive themselves.
It is important to remember that even if you do everything right, it is no guarantee that your child will never take drugs or drink alcohol, but it will make it less likely.
Where to Get Help
If you find yourself in a position in which you believe your child may be using drugs or alcohol and you feel that it may be a problem, it is important to get help as soon as possible. Call Addiction Helper for advice on how to address the issue with your child. We can also provide you with information on the treatments available as well as how to access them.
We have a team of expert advisors who are experienced in all types of addiction – they are waiting to take your call.
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