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All About Drugs and Young People

All About Drugs and Young People

Essential Information and Advice for Parents and Professionals

Julian Cohen

Quick Overview

From the effects of drugs and drug laws to how best to support young people, this book is packed with information and guidance to help you understand drugs and how and why young people use them. As well as practical advice and up-to-date information, the book has a drugs glossary which includes the newest drugs such as legal highs.
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Paperback / softback
2014, 9.69in x 6.85in / 246mm x 174mm, 304pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-427-0
2014, ePUB, 304pp
ISBN: 978-0-85700-790-2
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Packed with information, advice and learning activities, this book tells you what you need to know about drugs, young people's drug use, and how you can help them stay safe.

It covers everything from what the effects are and why young people take drugs, to how to negotiate drug rules and ways to prevent and minimise harm. An easy to use section contains factual information about various drugs, covering a description of each drug, street names, a brief history, legal status, availability, extent of use and cost, effects, possible harms, and harm reduction advice. The newest and emerging drugs, such as legal highs, are included, as well as illegal drugs, alcohol, caffeine and tobacco.

If you are working with or supporting young people or are a parent or carer, this is the book you need to help you understand drugs and respond positively and effectively to young people's drug use.


'This book is a must-read for parents and the range of professionals who work with young people. It combines an up-to-the-minute understanding of the legal and illegal drugs young people encounter today with Julian Cohen's unique ability to provide practical and sensible advice that doesn't preach. I can recommend it highly to anyone who wants to make a positive difference to the lives of young people and contribute to their health and well-being.'
- Judith Aldridge, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Manchester, UK and author of Illegal Leisure Revisited: Changing patterns of alcohol and drug use in adolescents and young adults

'I have worked with and learned from Julian Cohen for more than 25 years. All About Drugs and Young People is the fruit of Julian's long experience of working directly with young people and with professionals and parents. His approach is honest, non-judgemental, pragmatic and practical. This book should be essential reading for all parents and for anyone who cares for, or works with, young people.'
- Pat O'Hare, Director, HIT, UK

'I welcome this book as an honest and practical, non-jargonised and highly accessible account of young people's drug use and an invaluable reference for all parents, organisations and individuals who want to make sure that the risks and harms associated with it are avoided.'
- Vivienne Evans OBE, Chief Executive, Alcohol, Drugs and Families (Adfam), UK

'All About Drugs and Young People makes crystal clear that modern life is a matter of learning how to use substances successfully, rather than in a damaging way. This book gives you and your children the best preparation and hope for doing so. It shows parents and would-be-helpers that this involves listening, discussing, remaining calm and understanding young people, and not lecturing or demonising them.'
- Stanton Peele, Ph. D., author of Addiction Proof Your Child, Recover! and many other books about drugs and addiction

'Wise and sensible words from a seasoned and reputable author in the field of drug education and the wider issues of young people and drugs. Julian Cohen can always be relied upon to make parents and professionals review their thinking about the entrenched, polarised opinions and enduring mythologies that swirl around this ever emotive and controversial subject.'
- Harry Shapiro, Director of Communications and Information, DrugScope, UK

'All About Drugs and Young People is a superbly produced guide. Simply and clearly written, this excellent book says all that needs to be said about drugs.'
- Ministry Today UK

'Whatever your views on drugs or whatever you think you could work with this issue, this book will certainly challenge your thoughts in an informative way, offering valuable, up-to-date knowledge and practical information. I f you work with, or are a parent of, young people, I would suggest this is a 'must read'... this is a very accessible and attractive book that offers personal and professional development with its abundant information around the issue of drugs and young people.'
- Pauline Culliney, person-centred counsellor

'An excellent resource... There is a wealth of information, from the origins of the word "drug", to how to talk to young people who are dealing drugs. There is a substance by substance guide and the final section points readers to further resources... The book will help parents and professionals start from an informed position in their efforts to support young people.'
- Elli Rhodes


By (author): Julian Cohen