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PreventionYour concern

Young people from all backgrounds may be tempted to take drugs. As a parent you may worry of the risk to your children from substances. This concern can lead you to believe that:

These feelings can cause communication problems between you and your children on drug issues. Parents often can’t understand why children would want to use drugs.

You may feel nervous talking to your children about drugs and are unsure what approach to take. You may think that you:

It’s important to start talking to your child as early as possible to develop a trusting relationship. This helps to protect them against substance abuse. If a family member has had an addiction, your child’s risk of developing a problem is higher so it is even more important to talk to them about it.

Your first steps

Prevention Advice 

There is no sure way to prevent your child using drugs but you can decrease the chances of it happening if you:

Set an example

We expect our children to do what we say, but they will do what we do. The way you use alcohol, tobacco and medicines in your home will influence how they behave towards drugs.

What you can do as a parent

Take some time to gather your thoughts on the issue and download the HSE resource 'Alcohol and Drugs:A Parent’s Guide'

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