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What should I do to educate my child about drugs?

Communicating the risks: It may be hard for a young person to really consider long term risks such as the effects on their developing brain. It can also be hard to understand the harms when they have not witnessed negative effects within their peer group. Pick points that could appeal to them and have an honest conversation about why you are concerned. You could chose to look at a website such as and read about the risks together, and discuss which ones you knew about before, and which ones are new information.

Prepare them for peer influence - where they may see others engaging in behaviours and feel an interest themselves.

Get more information from the HSE resource 'Alcohol and Drugs: A Parent's Guide'

Tips for parents talking to their child about drugs and new drug trends

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The HSE and Union of Students in Ireland (USI) ask students to think about drug safety measures when using club drugs
Harm reduction messages from the #SaferStudentNights campaign.
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