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Information for Parents and Carers

Platform works with parents/carers who are concerned about their child's substance misuse. Parents are offered informal sessions, usually taking place in their own homes. This maybe a one-off advice and information session or a number of more structured sessions looking at drug awareness, myths and misconceptions and signs and symptoms of drug misuse.

Every parent wants their child to be healthy and drug free, but many parents find it difficult to spot the symptoms of drug use. As you will see from some of the general symptoms listed below, many of these are commonly found in teenagers for totally innocent reasons. If you do find something which you think is linked to drugs then try not to panic. Take a look at the drug equipment section or phone PLATFORM and discuss your concerns. Some signs and symptoms include:
Remember! Some of the above may just be symptoms of your child growing up.

If you are a parent/carer who is concerned about your own drug use, there are adult services in Gateshead that can support you.


Drinkaware
Samuel House, 6 St Albans St, London, SW1Y 4SQ
www.drinkaware.co.uk, Alcohol and Your Child

Government Advice
Samuel House, 6 St Albans St, London, SW1Y 4SQ
Does Your Child Know More

Remember! If you have ANY concerns about your child in connection to substance misuse then call PLATFORM on 0191 4601354. PLATFORM will support you every step of the way.
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