For parents the very thought of their child getting involved with drugs is a very frightening prospect. The facts tell us that the average age of initiation into alcohol use is 11 years old and that almost 50% of young people ever experiment with drugs. Drugs are considered to be more prevalent in N. Ireland than ever before. On the positive side, 50% of young people never experiment with drugs.
It is very important that parents are more informed about drugs so that they can have open conversations with children about drug use and the expectations that they hold for their children. Much of human fear is based on 'the unknown' and simply having information helps reduce anxiety whether a child is using drugs or not.
Breakthru deliver parental awareness courses and the regional course Talking About Tough Issues (TATI). TATI course looks at the role of the parent in both preventing drug use and dealing with drug use in the family more effectively.