WHAT CAN YOU DO AS A PARENT OR TEACHER:
PARENTS AND TEACHERS CAN play a vital role in preventing harm to young people caused by drugs and solvents. You have a special relationship with the young person. family
All young people are at risk of taking drugs - being tempted to try is easy and resisting the temptations can be difficult. A s a parent or teacher you can influence the young people whether they try drugs or not. As a parent or teacher you can also help them if you find they are taking drugs. classroom
Research in Northern Ireland has shown that young people believe their parents have a role in drug education, and that they want to know to know what their parents think about drugs. family2
AS A PARENT OR TEACHER YOU CAN:
Increase your knowledge about drugs and their effects. The information in the booklet 'Know the score... on drugs and alcohol.' (available through Limavady Dristrict Policing Partnership) is a good beginning, but you might want to get more information. It is important to try and keep up-to-date, and further information is available on line at - www.drugsalcohol.info classroom2
Talk to the young person about drugs. It is important to present accurate information. You should make clear what your views are on drugs. Try to be consistant about how you present them.

Keep up-to-date with the young persons interests and friends - especially any new friends.
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Find out what the young person's school, college and club is doing to tackle drug misuse. I f there is a parent information meeting about drugs - go along.

Stay alert to possible signs of drug taking. As a parent or teacher you are in an excellent position to spot some of these signs.
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IF YOU SUSPECT A YOUNG PERSON IS TAKING DRUGS:
Before you say anything, try to make sure you are not jumping to concusions.

Then talk to them and share your concerns.
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It may be your concerns are unfounded, but if you find the young person is taking drugs:

It is important to stay calm.

STOP AND THINK before you do anything.
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WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP A YOUNG PERSON?
It is important that you:

have your facts right.

find out if their drug taking is a regular thing or a one - off experiment.

keep talking and listening.
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If it is a 'one-off' you may need to simply talk to them. Be firm, consistant and caring. Disapprove of their actions - not them. Give them some reasons for not taking drugs.

For example:

that drug taking is illegal and could lead to trouble with Police and affect their chances at school and work.

that it could affect their health now and in the future.
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If you feel it is more than a one-off situation and that you need help, there are a number of sources of help and support and organisations involved in the drug and alcohol sector and are outlined in this guide.

See 'Contact us' for details of useful websites and telephone numbers.

Reproduced from the leaflet 'Know the score...on drugs and alcohol' published by the Limavady Ditrict Policing Partnership.
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Anyone can be tempted to take drugs, no matter where they come from, what school they go to or how bright they are.

There are a number of reasons why young people may take drugs:

Curiosity - some young people just want to try any new experience and feel the high that drugs give.
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Pressure from friends to join in.

It's a cool thing to do.

Boredom.

To rebel.

To escape from problems at home or school.
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To get self esteem/confidence.

The thrill of doing something dangerous.

Drugs are available so why not take them.

Most drugs are illegal and may seem exciting.
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We must

. Set a positive example and get involved in your childrens lives.

. Get involved in their activities, know their friends and know where they are going and what they are doing.

. Create clear , consistent expectations and enforce them.

. Talk early and often about drugs.

. Show you really care about what choices your children make.
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It is important that the risks and dangers associated with drugs and drug taking are highlighted, but what is vitally important in all of this is that young people understand the importance and significance each of their lives has.

Our children look to us for inspiration, for guidance, for leadership and for love. They look up to us, respect us and most importantly they need us!
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Who are their role models
They will have many as shown below, but remember their first are their parents and family.

As parents, we are required to set an example for our children. We must be aware of duel standards otherwise we loose creditabilty in their sight.
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