Encouraging your child to avoid drugs, alcohol and tobacco starts early on. The following general guidelines are from the National Drug Council.
STEP 1: Start your mission by building strong bonds of trust and affection with your child and by teaching him or her to make strong, self-confident decisions.
STEP 2: Teach problem-solving skills early on, and reinforce your child’s self-esteem whenever you can.
STEP 3: Discuss how things that can be “good” and “bad” for the body: mention favorite foods that are healthful, as well as substances found around the house that are not.
STEP 4: Explain that prescription medications are drugs that can help the person for whom they are meant, but can harm others.
STEP 5: Explain to your child what alcohol, tobacco, and drugs are. Talk about how they can interfere with the way the body works and cause lifelong health risks.
STEP 6: Introduce the idea of addiction: that drug use can become a very bad habit that is difficult to stop.
STEP 7: Brainstorm potential scenarios in which friends offer your child drugs, and rehearse possible responses or excuses.
STEP 8: Get to know your children’s friends and their interests, as well as their friends’ parents.
STEP 9: Help your child distinguish drug myths from realities, for instance, that marijuana is not harmful because it comes from a plant and is “all natural.”
STEP 10: Praise and encourage your child whenever you can.
The National Drug Council (NDC) is an independent statutory body set up under the National Drug Council Law, 1997 to co-ordinate anti-drug measures in the Cayman Islands. The National Drug Council consists of 13 council members and an office which serves as the secretariat.
To keep under review the situation in the islands with respect to the abuse of drugs.
To formulate and develop drug prevention and rehabilitation policies and programmes.
To advise the Minister on drug prevention and rehabilitation policies and programmes; the licensing and operation of treatment and rehabilitation centres; drug supply control measures; and law reform relating to the misuse of drugs.
To educate the public, particularly the young, on the dangers of drug abuse, and to initiate, sponsor and support conferences, seminars, and meetings related to drug abuse.
To promote and support training in the field of Drug Abuse Prevention and Rehabilitation.
To promote and encourage the establishment of a system to coordinate the treatment and rehabilitation of drug abusers and the care of persons associated with drug abusers.
To establish and operate treatment centres.
To conduct research into, and develop and maintain a database of information on drug abuse in the islands.
The NDC's mandate is to provide policy advice, information, develop programmes and conduct research in the following key areas:
Education, in particular young people
Treatment & Rehabilitation
We do this through:
Conferences, seminars and meetings related to drug abuse
Studies, reports and other documentation on drug abuse
Information systems and databases on policies, programmes and research on drug abuse
Information on the availability and supply of drugs likely to be abused
Legislation relating to the misuse of drugs
National Drug Council
P.O. Box10007,Unit 17 & 18 Caymanian Village, North Sound RoadGrand Cayman KY1-1001,Cayman Islands