Psychoactive drugs advice - Addiction
How to react on discovering your child has been using drugs
If you believe your child is taking drugs or solvents, it is important to stay calm and not panic. Show you care for them; chastising or trying to frighten them off does not help. Calmness, good control and accurate, truthful information does - but don't expect them to ''inform'' on their friends.
Your child is probably going through an emotional time and will react adversely to scorn. Your job is to know what you are talking about, so that your guidance can be trusted and followed by your child. The NHS offers advice on drug abuse.
Indicators of drug use can include:
- Prone to more accidents, injuries or illness.
- Increasingly furtive behaviour or evidence of telling lies.
- Unexplained loss of money or property belonging to family members or colleagues.
- Neighbours reporting losses or thefts of belongings.
- Unusual smells on the body or around the house or bedroom.
- Unexplained damage to own and others' belongings.
- Unusual stains or marks on the body (including mouth or nose) or on clothes.
The contraction of pupils is also indicative of several other class A drugs, such as cocaine, ecstacy, speed and acid. Generally, users of these drugs also display a noticeably heightened level of excited conversation, confidence and activity which can severely affect their health. Chewing gum is also often chewed to mask the minor, involuntary jaw spasm induced by these substances.