Many thanks to the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation for their moving and detailed workshop on teenagers and drug use. Around 120 APS parents listened carefully and participated in a workshop led by Daniel's mother, Fiona Spargo-Mabbs. The workshop for parents and carers was a follow-up to the performances of I love you mum - I promise I won't die seen by Years 9 and 10 in March.
By the age of 15, almost half of all young people have been offered drugs, and 24% have tried them, and as a parent or carer it's important to be aware of what you can do to help your children stay safe.
The workshop involved finding out about:
- levels of young people's exposure to drugs and alcohol
- why young people do and don't misuse drugs and alcohol
- what young people need to know about drugs and alcohol, including factors that affect risk
- what it's useful for parents and carers to know, and practical suggestions for what you can do to support your children to stay safe
For more information about the DSM Foundation, see http://www.dsmfoundation.org.uk/drugs-education
THere is the Vice News documentary on drugs factories: