Is Your Child Using Drugs?
Before you do anything else, you should build your case. Confronting an innocent child can be a very hurtful event. So, even if it takes some snooping, look for any signs of drug use. These signs can include odd or secretive behaviour, missing money, bodily marks, a drastic change in routine and, obviously, the possession of drugs.
Call a family meeting
Once you have gathered your evidence, meet with your child. If possible, have both parents at the meeting. Without getting too outwardly upset, explain why you suspect drug use and ask your child to explain their side of the story.
The first instinct for just about any child on the planet will be to deny -- and most likely with a lot of emotion! But instead of immediately consoling your crying child, you should insist that you are confident in your evidence. Without becoming angry, continue to use an understanding yet firm tone. This will greatly improve your chances of getting a confession from your child.
Consider a drug test
If you don't get a confession, a drug test could be in order. In the UK, there are online services where you can send a sample of hair or urine or they will send you a drug testing kit where you can read the results yourself.
Educate yourself about the latest street drugs, symptoms of drug use and warning signs. Whether or not your child is using drugs, be sure to keep the lines of communication open. Explaining why drugs should be avoided and showing you care can go a long way. If you find out that your child has a severe drug problem, consider an intervention and seek a drug treatment program.