Parents, it's time to talk to your kids about drugs
AUSTRALIAN Drug Foundation's national policy manager Geoff Munro was in the Clarence Valley yesterday with a strong message for parents.
It is time that parents have the 'other talk' with their kids; the drug and alcohol talk.
"Young people do listen to what their parents have to say," Mr Munro said.
"It is crucial that parents have this conversation early so their children can learn."
Mr Munro was adamant that despite the recent rise in coverage about the devastating affects of methamphetamines, parents cannot forget about the legal drugs including cigarettes and alcohol.
"Alcohol is the most common and most used drug for the youth community," he said. "Cigarettes follow close behind and the most popular illegal drug is cannabis, which is used by about 10% of the population, whereas ice is only about one per cent."
"I think it is really important that parents understand those statistics so they don't overemphasise the illegal drugs rather than the legal ones when talking with their kids."
According to the foundation another way in which parents are able to educate their children on legal drug use is through their own habits with the drugs.
If parents are careful in the amounts of the drugs they consume in front of their children then it is more likely that their children will steer clear.
"It is more of a social environment model," Mr Munro said. "Children are likely to mimic their surroundings.
"Our advice to parents is to ensure they are really well informed about drug use, to provide a really sound model for drug use."