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How can I encourage my friend to stop taking drugs?

It’s a very sensitive topic but you should talk with your friend and listen to what they have to say. It is a good idea to find out all you can about the drugs they are using from online or helpline services or someone you trust. Tell your friend about the risks and let them know that you are worried about them.
Try to keep your friend away from the situations and people that tempt them into using drugs. Encourage them towards more healthy and creative activities. Help them to relax more and let them know that you are there for them to chat and listen. Tell your friend that there are support services they can use to find out information and get advice. If they are finding it hard to stop, suggest that they speak to their doctor or a counsellor.

What do I do if there is an emergency with someone who is using drugs?

If someone passes out ring 112 or 999 and ask for an ambulance. If you can, turn the person on their side into the recovery position so that they can breathe freely and will not swallow vomit if they get sick. Do not leave them alone. When help arrives tell the doctor or ambulance staff anything you know about what drug they used and how they took it.

My parent has a drug problem, how can I get help?

If your parent or carer is using drugs and it’s causing problems at home, there is help out there. The thought of taking charge of the situation by yourself can be very scary but it’s important that you get help – your parent’s problem should not become yours too. If you can’t talk to your parent and encourage them to get help, talk to another adult, family member, friend or teacher. Call the HSE information line on 1850 24 1850 or Childline on 1800 66 66 66.

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