Drug misuse

A variety of different drugs and substances
A variety of different drugs and substances

Many children may be affected by parental drug misuse. The effects of this can include children being at risk of neglect and of emotional and physical abuse. Long-term risks also include poor physical and mental health.

Growing up in a household where parents are using drugs and alcohol can seriously affect the life chances of the child.

Many young people from all social backgrounds and all parts of the country experiment and take drugs including tobacco, alcohol and cannabis for a variety of reasons.

The key factors determining whether people experiment with drugs appear to be early years experiences, family relationships and circumstances as well as parental attitudes and behaviours.

Police Scotland officers have special powers to stop and search people under the reasonable suspicion that they are in possession of a controlled drug.

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