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Children Referred For Drug Treatment Services

Friday May 16 2014

CHILDREN in Barnsley as young as 12 have been referred to specialist drug and alcohol treatment services.

The shocking figures were revealed through a freedom of information request to councils which showed the extent to which youngsters needed help for drink and drug problems.

Referrals can mean a child is vulnerable to drug and alcohol misuse through exposure from friends, parents or could have started abusing substances themselves.

Claire Beevers, service manager at Young Addaction, said: "People get worried when they see figures like this, but there are services available.

"In Barnsley, we are no different to anywhere else in terms of drug and alcohol problems.

"Some do come in at 12 and 13, but most of the time it is about education and prevention and nipping unusual behaviour in the bud.

"It is very low numbers at that age, certainly for someone who has used a substance themselves."

Claire said from January to March this year, only one 12-year-old was seen by staff at Young Addaction.

She said attendances by children as young as 12 were generally 'one-offs' and are the result of them mixing with an older crowd or being offered something they don't know what to do with.

Claire said teenagers between the ages of 15 and 17 attended the most, and the two main problems were alcohol and cannabis.

She said educating and trying to prevent people taking substances was important and support was offered to people who were using substances.
There is also a service for people affected by parental alcohol and drug use.

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Reply Posted by anon on Saturday May 17 2014 at 22:38

Reply Posted by d on Monday May 19 2014 at 15:00
parents these days thats who to blame they dnt care anymore dnt say ow ya cant say that because its true if i had kids i'd know where they are.14 15 year olds shunt be off the heads and walking streets at god knows what time some parents dnt give a ****!

Reply Posted by claire firth on Monday May 19 2014 at 15:26
as a parent it is very difficult to keep track of kids 24/7, and unless u have kids and are actually in that situation then i don't know how u can pass judgment. i agree at that age they should not be walking the streets etc, but when kids are difficult to control and can basically do what they want without punishment then it is a very difficult situation to be in.

Reply Posted by toni on Monday May 19 2014 at 15:48
When I was 12 I didn't know what drugs are but there every where now and as I have 2 children they wil be told and warned not to touch them and told the dangers as they grow up

Reply Posted by anon on Monday May 19 2014 at 19:05
My grand daughters class have just had an awareness lesson about drugs. She's 8. Its a sad carry on.

Reply Posted by anon on Monday May 19 2014 at 19:05
My grand daughters class have just had an awareness lesson about drugs. She's 8. Its a sad carry on.

Reply Posted by guy fawkes on Monday May 19 2014 at 15:55
i hope the above people are also going to warn there children about the abuse of one of the worst drugs to hit mankind alcohol.

Reply Posted by anon on Monday May 19 2014 at 19:03
I know some parents who buy their kids booze. They are parents I would have least expected it from. They say they,d rather them drink when theyre with them so they can keep an eye on them! Idiots! I'm talking most Saturday nights and BBQ,s. I just can't condone it, so much so Ive stopped going to their BBQ,s.

Reply Posted by Fred on Monday May 19 2014 at 21:40

Do you have kids? This can be an effective way if educating kids in to responsible drinking, ( look at the French for example ) if young adults are allowed to consume alcohol in a controlled manner it becomes less exciting !!! As soon as you tell a teenager they can't do domething they become more interested in the very thing your telling them no to.
It's a fine line but education is often better than prohibition,

Reply Posted by anon on Monday May 19 2014 at 21:45
I get that Fred,but I'm talking every week,and legless. Too much too young. Sometimes adults have to say no. Teenagers are not capable of handling booze. (OK,my humble opinion)

Reply Posted by d on Monday May 19 2014 at 16:28
parents are in control of kids these days the just not strict enough. Etc the above i dint knw what drugs were at 12 And i dint get chance to drink either sum pple call themselves parents but they act more like friends

Reply Posted by claire on Monday May 19 2014 at 16:53
kids supposedly follow their elders as a role model etc. but when there is drunken teenagers shown on TV and trying drugs, then parents do have an uphill struggle to explain why they can do it TV but they are not allowed to do it. I feel sorry for teachers, police and anyone that tries to reason with a teenager as we have seen some of the results recently.

Reply Posted by . on Monday May 19 2014 at 18:39
Kids get far too much free rein these days usually because the parents just want them out from under their feet they get far too much money to be able to afford to buy drink and drugs! Im a mum of 4 and can honestly say i know where they r at all times i know how much money they ave and i want to see what theyve spent on! I take them and all their friends all over and pick them up so their never walking the streets or i have all of them at my house so i know where they are! Its not easy and im in no way the perfect parent in sure! In fact the kids tell me quite often how embarrassing i am lol but then again in not after their approval of friendship im here to love and protect them and educate them to make good choices in life and be the best they can be!

Reply Posted by Cher on Tuesday May 20 2014 at 08:38
Lady above..you sound like a GREAT mum. If only more people were like you our town wouldn't have half the crime/litter and anti-social it has. Hugs x

Reply Posted by S.S on Tuesday May 20 2014 at 19:44
People need to stop blaming parenting,there are many other reasons young people drink,I was educated well by parents brought up well in a loving home,never wanted for nothing but I had treatment for an alcohol,cannabis and amphetamine use when I was 17....Just to point out it isn't always parents fault! From a 22 year old female (so only recently come out of this angsty ness!)