You can find trusted information on a wide range of drug related topics at http://www.talktofrank.com/
Below you will find some frequently asked questions, each link will take you to the relevant page on ‘Talk to Frank’. You will also find contact details below for DELTA, young people’s Drug and Alcohol Service which provides information, advice and support to young people who are using drugs and/or alcohol in North Lincolnshire.
It is important to remember that not all drugs are illegal. However drugs like cannabis, ecstasy, amphetamine, cocaine and heroin are illegal and these drugs can be dangerous to take.Some drugs can only be given out by doctors, like tranquilisers and painkillers. It is also important to remember that prescriptions are for that named person only and must never be shared. Care should always be taken with Over The Counter Medicines, ensuring that the instructions are carefully read on the packaging: one example is checking whether Paracetamol is included as taking more than one product with Paracetamol in them can be dangerous.
Drugs affect lots of people’s lives. Even legal drugs can be dangerous when people become dependent on them, including alcohol or tobacco.
It can be difficult to talk about drugs with your kids. Use these tips to help you talk openly with your child.
1. Don’t panic. Wait until you’re calm before discussing it with them, and show them love and concern rather than anger.
2. Do your homework about drugs. Make sure you know enough about drugs to talk to your child in an informed way.
3. Pick a good time to have the conversation such as a mealtime. It may help to do it when the subject comes up during TV programmes or in the news. It’s often easier to have a conversation side-by-side, such as when you’re driving in the car, washing up together or preparing food.
4. Let them know your values. It’s important for your children to know where you stand on drug taking. Be clear about your opinions on drugs and let them know your boundaries. For example, you may say that you don’t want any drugs in the house.
5. Avoid scare tactics. Teenage children often know more about drugs than you do, so there’s no point in saying, “Smoking cannabis will kill you”. Pointing out that cannabis can cause mental health problems, especially if you start smoking it in your teens, may be more of a deterrent.
6. Know your child’s friends. Get to know your child’s friends. Invite them to the house and take an interest in what’s going on in their lives. If you have good reason to think your child’s friends are involved in drugs, you may need to support your child to find new friends.
7. Let them know you’re always there for them. If your child knows you’re there for them whatever, they’re more likely to be honest with you. They won’t just tell you what they think you want to hear.
8. Listen as well as talk. Don’t preach or make assumptions about what your child does. Let them tell you about their experiences, and try to listen without judging.
9. Don’t give up. Don’t be put off talking if they argue, get embarrassed or storm off. Parents’ opinions matter to their children. Go back to the subject when they’re calmer.
10. Let them be responsible for their actions. You’re trying to help your child make good choices in life about drugs. But only they can say no to drugs. Make sure they know you support them, but it’s up to them to make positive decisions.
11. Be realistic. Lots of teenagers experiment with drugs. But only a small proportion of those who experiment will develop a drug problem.
DELTA young people’s Drug and Alcohol Service provides information, advice and support to young people who are using drugs and/or alcohol. DELTA will not tell you what to do. However we will make sure you are fully aware of the risks and dangers of drug and alcohol use, and encourage you to keep safe. The service can help you to cut down or stop using drugs. You can if you wish self-refer in to our service, though depending on your age we may need permission for your parent carer.
Telephone: 01724 298528
Address: 22-24 Cole Street
Families Anonymous is based on the same principles as Alcoholics Anonymous. It runs local support groups for family and friends of people with a drug problem.
Helpline number: 0845 1200 660
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