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 due to 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 young people. Use these tips to help you talk openly with a young person you know.
1. Don’t panic. Wait until you’re calm before discussing it with them, and show them that you care rather than frustration.
2. Do your homework about drugs. Make sure you know enough about drugs to talk to a young person in an informed way.
3. Pick a good time to have the conversation. It may help to refer to a recent tv programme or the news. Teens often find it easier to talk if you are working side by side with them as it feels less confrontational.
4. Let them know your values. It’s important for young people to know where you stand on drug taking. Be clear about your opinions on drugs and let them know your boundaries..
5. Avoid scare tactics. Teenagers 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 the young persons friends. Take an interest in what’s going on in their lives. If you have good reason to think friends are involved in drugs, you may need to support the young person to find new friends.
7. Let them know you’re always there for them. If the young person 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. 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. Your opinions matter to that young person. Go back to the subject when they’re calmer.
10. Let them be responsible for their actions. You’re trying to help them 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.
If you know what drug they’ve taken tell the ambulance crew, this can help make sure that the young person gets the right treatment straight away.
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
The Talk to Frank service provides information about drugs, and advice for drug users, parents and carers. Find support near you.
Helpline number: 0300 123 66 00
Adfam has local groups for families affected by drugs and alcohol. Find a support group near you. It also has a range of information for the families of drug users.
School nursing . Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mix – Non-judgmental facts and advice about drugs, legal highs and the side effects to allow you to make the right decisions.
Rise Above – Explore issues and help you make the right choice for you
Party Animals – If you’ve been invited to a party and told there will be “free” drink and or drugs, it could come at a price. Know the risks and how to stay safe.