What should I do? Some advice for concerned parents
Can a parent tell if their child is using drugs?
It is considered that water bottles and pacifiers can be signs of drug abuse and that the best place to find information on raves or drugs is the internet.
Testing your child in the privacy of your own home with a simple urine sample drug screening kit is the surest way of confirming your suspicions. There is now a growing trend of testing in the home at random, in an agreed partnership between parents and child. Contact us for this service.
Some warning signs and symptoms of drug use may include:-
- Decline in school work of after school sporting activities.
- Changes in attendance and being unwilling to take part in school or other group activities.
- Unusual outbreaks of temper, mood swings, restlessness or irritability.
- More time being spent away from home, possibly with new friends or with friends in older age groups.
- Excessive spending or borrowing of money.
- Stealing money or goods
- Excessive tiredness without obvious cause.
- No interest in physical appearance.
- Sores or rashes, especially on the mouth or nose.
- Lack of appetite.
- Blood shot eyes.
- Wearing sunglasses at inappropriate times (to hide dilated or constricted pupils.)
- Use of drug takers slang.
- Being the subject of rumours about drug taking.
- Having friends who use drugs.
Many of the mentioned signs and symptoms can be signs of normal aspects of adolescent behaviour. They can all be result of something other than drug use.
- The same drug can produce different effects in different people.
- The same drug can produce different effects in the same person at different times.
- The "signs" of drug use may be nothing more than an unconfirmed rumour and your worst imagination.
LEARN TO LISTEN TO YOUR TEENAGER. DON'T JUST TELL THEM.
There is no substitute for talking and listening to your child. If your child is behaving oddly and you are worried about the possibility of drugs - listen carefully to what they have to say. Communication is the key with your children.