Worried about someone? Feeling pressured about drugs? Know someone who needs help? Here you will find resources, tips and advice to help young people and parents make informed choices about illegal drugs.
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This report evaluates the impact of the first wave of the 2015 National Drugs Campaign activity which commenced 10 May 2015 and concluded in late June 2015.
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How parents can help
As a parent or guardian you have a big impact on a teenagers’ life and the decisions they make. To help protect against drug use and related harms, it is important to:
Be a good role model
Set a good example and have a positive influence – avoid contradictions between what you tell them and what you do. It’s important not to underestimate the influence your behaviour has on them.
Be involved in their lives
Set aside time to spend with your kids, including when they are teenagers and young adults. Take an interest in their activities and establish a routine for doing things with them. Spending time as a family is important.
Establish and maintain good communication
Let them know that you are ready and willing to talk and listen. Ask open ended questions and encourage them to share their thoughts, feelings, and opinions to show you value what they think.
Tips to help start a conversation
- Let them know you care remind them of their good qualities, as someone will be more likely to listen and take advice on board if they feel valued and respected.
- Be trustworthy and supportive so that they can rely on you and that what they tell you will be kept confidential.
- Gather information make sure you understand about the drugs you think they may be taking
- Arrange a suitable time to talk where you have some privacy and won’t be interrupted.
- Ask about their thoughts on drugs don’t make assumptions about what they are doing.
- Be prepared for a negative reaction stay calm and reasonable. Don’t let it turn into an argument.
- Don’t be judgemental or tell them what to do The chances are that they will stop listening to what you’ve got to say if you start lecturing them.
- Use statements including “I” as this doesn’t put the blame on them. So instead of saying “You worry me when you use drugs” say something like “I worry about you using drugs”.
- Let them know change is possible but it may take time and you will support them.
If you feel like you can’t handle the situation alone, you don’t have to. Get support from a friend, relative or health professional.
- Illegal drugs – what you need to know: Parent version
- Illegal drugs – what you need to know: Teacher version
Looking after yourself means making decisions and handling situations based on what is best for you, that fit with your sense of what’s right and wrong.
Situations where you have to disagree with others or refuse something can sometimes feel awkward and difficult to handle. Here are a few options that will help you deal with situations where you may be offered or encouraged to take drugs:
- Avoid situations if you don’t think you will be able to resist the offer or pressure to take drugs, it may be best to avoid that situation or group of people altogether. Good friends should respect your decision not to use drugs.
- Make an excuse to get out of what you don’t want to do.
- Walk away if a person offers you drugs, you can simply make your excuses and go.
- Be assertive Saying ‘no’ and not taking drugs, when most people around you are taking them can be very hard. Sometimes the easiest way to get out of that situation is to simply say 'no'. Saying ‘I don't want to’ is a pretty hard statement to debate.
- Be a ‘broken record’ Say ‘no’ – having the strength to say ‘no’ may be hard, however, it also feels good to stick with what you believe in.
Facts about ice
Ice is highly addictive. Occasional use can quickly become a habit that that damages your physical and mental health and impacts the lives of those around you.
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