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  • You can start talking to your children about drugs from when they are in primary school -- from the age of about eight, or sooner if necessary.
  • Explain what drugs are, their functions, and which drugs are harmful or illegal.
  • Stick to the facts. Don't make drugs sound glamorous or fun, and don't over exaggerate the harms.
  • Always consider what is age-appropriate information for your child.
  • By explaining how drugs affect our bodies and our minds, you have a good chance of discouraging your child from wanting to use drugs.
  • It will take time for your child to really understand the risks of drug use.
  • Other people (particularly peers) will talk to your child about drugs, so it is important to learn what your child knows and clear up any misconceptions.
  • Your child will form attitudes about drug use from what they see at home, among their friends and in the media.

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Reviewed on: 21-10-2016