Conversations on drugs are usually kept between my close friends. A taboo subject that needs more open conversations, especially if you're a parent. Not talking to your children about drugs doesn't make it go away. Telling them not to do drugs? Yeh good luck with that.
I've seen two sides to drug use. The magic carpet rides and the utter darkness of addiction. Back in the 60s drug taking appeared to be for fun to gain new experiences to experiment. Now not so much now. Drugs are commonly used to just get through the day. What does this say about are society? My eldest son is approaching the stage of hearing about drugs and wondering what the hell it's all about. As he's Mother I have a responsibly to educate him on drugs. Education is giving my son the power of choice for when he finds himself in certain situations in the years to come. I keep things very factual I do not agree with pushing anyone else views including my own on to my son. I can't and don't wish to control his actions. I can only equip him so hopefully he make the right choice. If he doesn't? Then I be here to help him see the lesson. I've talked to him about the different street names drugs go by, not cool to put your child into the sheer terror of secondary school being utterly clueless. We discuss how drugs are made. The history and science. The ugly the dam right dirty. What risks are involved. He's aware of what goes up must come down at a very rapid pace. I'm pretty sure that with the amount of knowledge he now has he could easily start making meth in his bedroom.
Your children will be around drugs whether you like it or not. They may choose to take them whether you like it or not. As a Mother one of my many fears is getting a call from the police telling me my son has overdosed on some drugs because he took an obscene amount being utterly clueless to what he was taking. All it takes is one bad decision made on a whim to end in tragedy. Keeping communications open is key for me. I'm very open and honest and in return my son is the same. How I react to some things he does says or asks is what makes our relationship work for now.