As parents drugs can be one of them difficult subjects to discuss.
At school your child will tend to cover topics like drug awareness under their Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) lessons in Year 5 or Year 6 depending on your school.
Its good to be honest with your child, allow them to ask questions about the topic if they are curious. It can be easily brought up into everyday life, if your child is sick and needs medicine explain to them why they need it and what it does, you can explain the benefits of these types of drugs. Keep the conversations light and calm so they don't feel scared or bombarded.
For more information on when is best to talk about drugs and how with your child visit these websites, or talk to your school and ask for resources/leaflets/websites that they might use that can help you at home:
Kids Health is website for parents. They have produced a guide on how to start a conversation with your child about drugs at different ages. From preschool to seventeen, how to set the groundwork. There are also guides on Kids and smoking and Kids and Alcohol.
Aquarius CARES supports looked-after children and young people who are affected by a parent’s substance use or mental health. They help to develop resilience and coping strategies, and build positive relationships. Click here for further information.
The NSPCC can help you with starting the conversation with your child regarding drugs or underage drinking. If you are worried you can talk to trained counsellor.
Frank is a website which gives honest information about drugs. If you are worried about a child, you can find useful advice.
Derbyshire Children and Young Peoples Health Programme - find resources and useful information on a wide range of topics including substance misuse. The website gives you lots of links to other websites too.