How do I talk to my child about drugs?
In general, most young people, especially those under 16, trust their parents and will respond to any information and support you offer. However, as teenagers get older the culture gap may widen and communication may be more difficult. This does not mean you should not try. Before you do talk to your child about drugs, make sure you have accurate, up-to-date information about different types of drugs [see the A-Z] and make the time to have the conversation. Listen to what your child says and try to ensure a two-way conversation. Remember, although the risks are real, most young people who take drugs do so safely and without getting into trouble.
A step-by-step guide can be found at: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/drugs/Pages/Drugsandyourkids.aspx
As a parent, you may also find it useful to hear other parents’ experiences of dealing with the same issue. Websites such as Family Lives (Familylives.org), or Netmums (www.netmums.com), for mums and dads, provides opportunities to chat with other parents when you have questions or are facing a challenge.