Families urged to talk about drugs following teenager’s death

Toby Fairclough
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Parents have been urged to talk to their children about drugs following the tragic death of Vale teenager Toby Fairclough.

Police said it is suspected the 17 year old took MDMA (commonly known as Ecstasy) shortly before he died in North Marston at the weekend.

They are now urging families to get together and talk about drugs, adding that ‘young people, especially those under 16, trust their parents and will respond to information and support’.

Chief Inspector Neil Kentish from Aylesbury LPA said: “I know the community is shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic events of this weekend and our thoughts are with Toby’s family at this very sad time.

“Parents in the community may want to talk to their loved ones about the use of illegal drugs.

“I would encourage families to take some time and sit down together to talk about this difficult subject. They can use the advice and information from the drugs awareness site FRANK”.

“Experimenting with illegal drugs can have serious consequences for health and users could get a criminal record that would impact on their future, including job prospects and travel.”

Police said a 17-year-old boy from Buckingham has been arrested on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug. He has been released on police bail until 29 June.

ADVICE FOR PARENTS

> Stay calm and open-minded. Encourage a relaxed conversation and try to find out how things are going outside of home, with friends and at school.

> Try to ask questions that won’t result in one-word answers. It means the conversation will be much more likely to flow.

> Remember to listen to your child and try to ensure a two-way conversation.

> If you’re sure there’s a problem and your child refuses to talk to you, try not to panic.

> For most young people illegal drug taking is not part of normal life. Most people who do try drugs do not continue using them.

> There are serious risks involved in drug use but most of those who try illegal drugs do not usually suffer any long-term harm to their health.

> Remember there are different reasons why people take drugs. It could be for fun and to feel sociable or it could be to escape stress or pressures.

> It’s important to explain that some drugs are illegal and can affect physical and mental health, and to let them know that while you may not approve, they can always talk to you about any worries they may have.

(Source: Thames Valley Police)