12 August 2010

Heroin on our playgrounds

Carte Blanche discussed the disturbing topic of drugs in schools on Sunday, showing an increased onset of drug taking in children between the ages of nine and 11.

Carte Blanche discussed the disturbing topic of drugs in schools on Sunday. You can watch the video here.  According to the programme, there is an increased onset of drug taking amongst children between the ages of nine and 11. By 11, many have already become addicted.

Not my child
"You cannot protect your child from coming into contact with drugs," says Grant Jardine, manager of the Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre. "By the time a child leaves high school, every single one would have come into contact with drugs – whether they chose to use them or not. Between half and a third of all males in Cape Town will have experimented with illegal substances by the time they hit Grade 11."

  • Parents should confront the issue and not assume that their children won’t do drugs Talk to children about the dangers of drug abuse
  • If parents suspect something they should act immediately rather than worry about their social standing and what other people will think of their family
  • Parents should check the example they set for their children
  • Parents should be on the lookout especially if there is a predisposition to alcoholism or other drug use in some other family members
  • Parents should try to develop a relationship of openness and trust with their children
  • Take an interest in what you children are doing in their spare time
  • Get counselling if there is a problem 


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