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Drug abuse and the care of children

Grandparents’ Association (UK)

A fact sheet for grandparents who are concerned about the effects of their son or daughter’s substance abuse on their grandchildren. Includes tips on determining whether or not someone is using drugs. Notes that alcohol and marijuana are the most commonly used substances. Describes characteristics of physical and psychological drug dependency. Summarizes effects of sedative, stimulant, and hallucinogenic drugs. Describes dangers to children when a parent abuses drugs or alcohol, including those related to prenatal exposure. Provides advice on getting information and support, talking to the drug user, and reporting to authorities if the child is in immediate danger.