Parents Can Do
a parent tell if their child is using drugs?
Olive Chronicle has reported that water bottles and pacifiers
are the latest signs of drug abuse and that the
best place to find information on raves or drugs is the Internet.
- Finding drugs
or drug paraphernalia could be an indication of drug use, but
be careful. Many illegal drugs look like many tablets or powders
that you can find in any kitchen or bathroom.
your child in the privacy of your own home with a simple dip
& read device is the surest way of confirming your suspicions.
There is now a growing trend of testing in the home at random,
in an agreed partnership between the parent and child.
- Some warning
signs and symptoms of drug use may include:
in school work or youth club activities
in attendance and being unwilling to take part in school
or youth group activities.
outbreaks of temper, mood swings, restlessness or irritability.
time being spent away from home, possibly with new friends
or with friends in older age groups.
spending or borrowing of money.
money or goods.
tiredness without obvious cause.
interest in physical appearance.
or rashes, especially on the mouth or nose.
sunglasses at inappropriate times (to hide dilated or constricted
of drug takers' slang.
the subject of rumors about drug taking.
friends who use drugs.
- Many of the
listed signs and symptoms are normal aspects
of adolescent behavior. They could all be a result of something
other than drug use.
- The same
drug can produce different effects in different people. The same
drug can even produce different effects in the same person at
- The "signs"
of drug use may be nothing more than an unconfirmed rumor and
your worst imagination.
- There is
no substitute for talking and listening to your child. If you
think they are behaving oddly and you are worried about the possibility
of drug use, say so. Listen carefully to what they have to say.
Communication is the key with your children.
to do if you really suspect your child may be using drugs:
- The first
principle is to keep calm and check your facts.
it is important to communicate with your child, rather than just
trying to spot the "hidden signs and symptoms".
- If you have
found a suspicious substance or object, take care not to jump
to the wrong conclusions.
- You will
need to inform yourself about drugs and their
use. If you rush off to tell your child about the horrors
or drug use, you could find that they know more about it than
yourself with common streetnames
of various drug types. This
government site has a comprehensive lists of streetnames coinciding
with their drug chemical(s).
- Try not to
give in to fear or anger. Instead, give yourself time to think
and to keep calm.
to do if you find illegal drugs or equipment to administer drugs
in the house:
- Discuss what
you have found and decide together what to do, which should include
your child immediately disposing of the drug which you are legally
entitled to do.
- Or, deliver
the drugs to a person lawfully entitled to take custody. (i.e.
- Call a Drug
help and Support agency for further advice and guidance.
to do if your child comes home stoned, high or drunk:
- Keep Calm.
Anger is a natural response, but it can make things worse.
- If they
are having difficulty staying awake, don't let them "sleep
it off". They may be in danger of a potentially fatal overdose
or chocking on their vomit - even on alcohol.
- If they
are agitated or disoriented, try to calm them down.
- If they
literally pass out and you cannot rouse them, you must put them
into the recovery position and call an ambulance, Tel: 911 or
999. While waiting for it to arrive, monitor their breathing.
- Leave discussion
about the rights and wrongs of the situation until the following
day. You will be calmer and they will be sober.
- The day
after is the time to discuss rules for living together. You have
the right not to have your home regularly disrupted by drunken
or stoned behavior.
- Most of
all find out what is the underlying reason for the usage? Could
it be lack of understanding, not being loved or peer pressure.
to do if your child is using drugs and doesn't see any harm in it:
- This can
be very difficult to cope with. Despite your best efforts, your
child starts to use drugs. They enjoy it and if you tell them
not to, they ignore you.
- Ask them
to describe to you just what it is that they are getting out of
their drug use.
- Make it
clear to them that you want to try to understand it from their
point of view.
- You will
need to set clear rules if drugs are being used in your home.
Depending on the drugs your child is using and their methods of
use, you might want to check out if they are using in the least
harmful way possible. A harm reduction approach is the one most
often used by drug agencies.
- It should
also be stressed that in most cases the use of drugs will be recreational.
By far the largest numbers of drug user today are those using
drugs like alcohol, cannabis, LSD, amphetamines and ecstasy on
nights out, at parties, in clubs and so on.
- Most of
these users will take good care of each other and themselves and
come to no immediate harm. This is not to say that long-term damage
may not result but this tends to occur with repeated and heavy
even when your child is completely wrong, they have to learn for
themselves and make their own mistakes. There is no way they are
going to do something - or not do something - just on your say
- Try to find
someone your child respects that possibly can convey your message
without a treat.
- Don't close
the door of further discussion with your child, even if you cannot
see eye to eye with them.
- Leave them
with the understanding that you will always be ready to talk to
them again. One of the big problems with drug use is that it can
undermine the communication between children and their parents.
- Points of
view are often different, but that doesn't mean that you cannot
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