Prescription medication factsheet years 9+ (age 13 to16)

Introduction

A factsheet to provide parents, carers and teenagers with advice and support relating to the misuse of prescription medication.  This is part of our commitment to working in partnership to keep children and young people safe.

Outcomes

We Are With You has produced this accessible factsheet.

This will help to raise awareness and open up discussions with your young people around the dangers of using prescription medication recreationally.  

They discuss the following drugs and the health effects they can have when not taken for their correct purpose:

  • opiates
  • prescription medication and alcohol
  • ritalin
  • pregablin
  • tramadol
  • amitriptyline
  • codiene

It is important to link children’s learning at school and among peers to their life at home.  It is recommended you speak to your son/daughter about drugs and legal highs and about the impact it can have on their life.

This is also an opportunity to set boundaries and give reassurance that they can speak to you if they ever find themselves affected by drugs.

Why young people might try dugs?

It is common for young people to try smoking, drinking alcohol and drugs.  It is part of ‘pushing boundaries’ and ‘risk taking behaviour’ associated with growing up.  It does not mean every child who tries drugs will become addicted or involved in crime. However, it is important that you do not ignore the risks, or excuse it as your child ‘just having fun or experimenting’.

Research by the Royal College of Psychiatrists show up to half of young people will have tried an illegal drug before they are 16 years old.  The likelihood is increased if their friends or family use them.

Young people try or use drugs for various reasons including:

  • fun
  • curiosity
  • peer pressure
  • to cope with difficult situations
  • worry
  • low mood

Another risk to young people becoming involved in drugs is criminal exploitation. Organised drug gangs will travel into counties from major cities to ‘recruit’ children to sell drugs and move money for them.  They entice them with a ‘lucrative lifestyle’ of money and expensive possessions. This issue is known as County Lines.

Research shows that young people, who develop issues with drugs, the involvement and support of parents and families can make a big difference to their ability to deal with the problem.

It is important your young person knows the facts in order to help them develop the skills needed to assess risky situations and keep themselves safe. Be open with your young person allowing them to talk things through.  Encourage them to be aware and responsible to pressures associated with drug use to promote a positive, safe attitude and resilience.

Availability
  • Printable factsheet for year 9+ students through the attached document
Cost

Free

Contact and how to book

Further information is availbe on the We are with you website.

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