Children as young as 12 have been treated for drink or drug abuse in district, survey reveals

Councillor Imran Hussain

Councillor Imran Hussain

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Children as young as 12 in Bradford have needed specialist treatment to wean them off drink or drugs, a survey has revealed today.

Councils across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland were asked under the Freedom of Information Act to reveal the youngest ages of children who had been treated in their areas for drugs and alcohol misuse.

Elsewhere in West Yorkshire, Calderdale had the youngest referral at the age of ten; in Kirklees the youngest was 11 and in Wakefield, 13. No figure was available for Leeds.

A total of 366 children aged 12 and under were referred for treatment during 2012/13 in England, according to figures released by Public Health England.

Fifty nine per cent of under-13s were given treatment for cannabis misuse, while a third were treated for alcohol misuse. The survey found a child in South Ayrshire aged just four had been referred by education and children’s services to alcohol and drug specialists.

A referral can mean a child is vulnerable to drug and alcohol misuse through exposure from their parents or relatives, or might have started to abuse substances themselves.

Councillor Imran Hussain, deputy leader at Bradford Council, said more was being done to prevent children falling victim to drink and drug problems in the district.

He said: “It is shocking that such young children are at risk of or are already using alcohol or drugs with the potential to have their lives blighted before they even reach their teens.

“The Council invests significant resources to raise awareness of the dangers, identify children at risk and assist young people through a dedicated service.

“We have to make sure that children understand the harm that drugs do and not just treat the issue as one of criminality. We can’t afford to see children consigned to the scrapheap because of drugs when their lives have barely begun.

“We must never be complacent and ultimately we have to address the root causes of the problem and ensure that parents behave responsibly, children are aware and that access to drugs is curtailed.

“If this means doing more in schools and at an earlier age then it has to be given serious consideration by the Government.”

In a bid to curb such statistics, a new national curriculum being introduced in September rules that pupils aged ten and 11 must be taught to “recognise the impact of diet, exercise and drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function”.

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1:18pm Wed 30 Apr 14

The Hoffster says...

I wonder which BNP/EDL hell-hole they come from?....
I wonder which BNP/EDL hell-hole they come from?.... The Hoffster
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2:22pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Farsley Bantam says...

The Hoffster wrote:
I wonder which BNP/EDL hell-hole they come from?....
The drugs? Manningham, Girlington, Heaton etc
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: I wonder which BNP/EDL hell-hole they come from?....[/p][/quote]The drugs? Manningham, Girlington, Heaton etc Farsley Bantam
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2:55pm Wed 30 Apr 14

The Hoffster says...

Farsley Bantam wrote:
The Hoffster wrote:
I wonder which BNP/EDL hell-hole they come from?....
The drugs? Manningham, Girlington, Heaton etc
What about the drunk bit ?
[quote][p][bold]Farsley Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: I wonder which BNP/EDL hell-hole they come from?....[/p][/quote]The drugs? Manningham, Girlington, Heaton etc[/p][/quote]What about the drunk bit ? The Hoffster
  • Score: -4

3:41pm Wed 30 Apr 14

RollandSmoke says...

I wonder if all the cuts to youth services that leave the kids bored and isolated and the fact that doctors are handing out mind altering drugs like anti-depressants (which are known to be ineffective and can prolong periods of depression as well as doubling the risk of suicide and self harm in young users) and Ritalin (which is basically amphetamine) like smarties is contributing to the problem?. We are failing our kids big time. Pointing fingers and scapegoating when these kids drift into further drug misuse is not helping. They need direction and support that their immediate families may be unable to give. If the wider community writes these kids off as they have done then it should come as no suprise when these kids start causing problems for that wider community.
I wonder if all the cuts to youth services that leave the kids bored and isolated and the fact that doctors are handing out mind altering drugs like anti-depressants (which are known to be ineffective and can prolong periods of depression as well as doubling the risk of suicide and self harm in young users) and Ritalin (which is basically amphetamine) like smarties is contributing to the problem?. We are failing our kids big time. Pointing fingers and scapegoating when these kids drift into further drug misuse is not helping. They need direction and support that their immediate families may be unable to give. If the wider community writes these kids off as they have done then it should come as no suprise when these kids start causing problems for that wider community. RollandSmoke
  • Score: -4

4:08pm Wed 30 Apr 14

RollandSmoke says...

As cannabis is not physically addictive and there are no withdrawals from stopping it's use what does "treatment for cannabis misuse" entail other than the people issuing the treatment receiving a big wad of cash? The best way of denying children access to cannabis is for it to be legalised, taxed and regulated. When it is sold through licensed premises then at least there is a better chance of the licensee making the required checks on the customers age in order that they don't lose that license. This will never happen though despite the politicians lying through their teeth saying they will consider it in order to get the votes of the gullible before U turning the moment they are in a position to do anything about it as soon as the brown envelopes from the alcohol and pharmaceutical industries start rolling in. These drug treatment programs are a con and those running them are raking in millions at the taxpayers expense (aren't you Mr Royal?). As well as this the ongoing madness that are our drugs laws give our Police the right to break down doors and route through the pockets of anyone they wish with no more justification than "suspicion" and they aren't likely to want to give that up. Our drugs problem is one of criminality which could easily be changed but for the fact that the criminals are our politicians and police.
As cannabis is not physically addictive and there are no withdrawals from stopping it's use what does "treatment for cannabis misuse" entail other than the people issuing the treatment receiving a big wad of cash? The best way of denying children access to cannabis is for it to be legalised, taxed and regulated. When it is sold through licensed premises then at least there is a better chance of the licensee making the required checks on the customers age in order that they don't lose that license. This will never happen though despite the politicians lying through their teeth saying they will consider it in order to get the votes of the gullible before U turning the moment they are in a position to do anything about it as soon as the brown envelopes from the alcohol and pharmaceutical industries start rolling in. These drug treatment programs are a con and those running them are raking in millions at the taxpayers expense (aren't you Mr Royal?). As well as this the ongoing madness that are our drugs laws give our Police the right to break down doors and route through the pockets of anyone they wish with no more justification than "suspicion" and they aren't likely to want to give that up. Our drugs problem is one of criminality which could easily be changed but for the fact that the criminals are our politicians and police. RollandSmoke
  • Score: -5

4:27pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Bone_idle18 says...

The Hoffster wrote:
Farsley Bantam wrote:
The Hoffster wrote:
I wonder which BNP/EDL hell-hole they come from?....
The drugs? Manningham, Girlington, Heaton etc
What about the drunk bit ?
quite probably the same, don't delude yourself!
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Farsley Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: I wonder which BNP/EDL hell-hole they come from?....[/p][/quote]The drugs? Manningham, Girlington, Heaton etc[/p][/quote]What about the drunk bit ?[/p][/quote]quite probably the same, don't delude yourself! Bone_idle18
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10:45am Thu 1 May 14

Not so simple says...

Some of the above comments need to take a look at what's the real picture here: you have kids up and down the country who are using drink and drugs. You have dealers and retailers supplying kids drugs and drink. Those that supply kids drugs should receive the harshest of all punishments: death by hanging. This is the only detterent. Same applies to all drug dealers. Secondly if a retailer sells drinks to underage drinker then the retailer should be fined and his licence to sell drink revoked.

Look at the telegraph today ad you will note that some poor innocent kid was hurt by a junkies needle whilst playing in a kids play area. Imagine this kid being you or your own child: at risk of catching a disease or virus through no fault of his own, having his/her life expectancy shortened because of no fault of their own....you won't be too pleased. Best detterent is to use a serious capital punishment detterent such as hanging in public: sends a clear message to all drug dealers that this vile trade will no longer be tolerated by prosecuting the dealers using soft laws.
Also the junkies and drunks should be put in rehab and sent away for 2 years so they become clean and stay clean. If they go back
On to abusing drinks/ drugs then a five year lockdown in rehab.
Some of the above comments need to take a look at what's the real picture here: you have kids up and down the country who are using drink and drugs. You have dealers and retailers supplying kids drugs and drink. Those that supply kids drugs should receive the harshest of all punishments: death by hanging. This is the only detterent. Same applies to all drug dealers. Secondly if a retailer sells drinks to underage drinker then the retailer should be fined and his licence to sell drink revoked. Look at the telegraph today ad you will note that some poor innocent kid was hurt by a junkies needle whilst playing in a kids play area. Imagine this kid being you or your own child: at risk of catching a disease or virus through no fault of his own, having his/her life expectancy shortened because of no fault of their own....you won't be too pleased. Best detterent is to use a serious capital punishment detterent such as hanging in public: sends a clear message to all drug dealers that this vile trade will no longer be tolerated by prosecuting the dealers using soft laws. Also the junkies and drunks should be put in rehab and sent away for 2 years so they become clean and stay clean. If they go back On to abusing drinks/ drugs then a five year lockdown in rehab. Not so simple
  • Score: 2

1:10pm Thu 1 May 14

RollandSmoke says...

Not so simple wrote:
Some of the above comments need to take a look at what's the real picture here: you have kids up and down the country who are using drink and drugs. You have dealers and retailers supplying kids drugs and drink. Those that supply kids drugs should receive the harshest of all punishments: death by hanging. This is the only detterent. Same applies to all drug dealers. Secondly if a retailer sells drinks to underage drinker then the retailer should be fined and his licence to sell drink revoked.

Look at the telegraph today ad you will note that some poor innocent kid was hurt by a junkies needle whilst playing in a kids play area. Imagine this kid being you or your own child: at risk of catching a disease or virus through no fault of his own, having his/her life expectancy shortened because of no fault of their own....you won't be too pleased. Best detterent is to use a serious capital punishment detterent such as hanging in public: sends a clear message to all drug dealers that this vile trade will no longer be tolerated by prosecuting the dealers using soft laws.
Also the junkies and drunks should be put in rehab and sent away for 2 years so they become clean and stay clean. If they go back
On to abusing drinks/ drugs then a five year lockdown in rehab.
You need to wake up. Our troops have been in Afganistan for a decade, if they wanted to stop the flow of heroin onto our streets there is where they would have been able to do it. Instead heroin production has increased and our troops have been protecting the crops. We have a record crop this year. The only conclusion that can be drawn from this is that they don't want the flow of drugs to stop. They waged war on China with opium now they are waging war on us with it.
[quote][p][bold]Not so simple[/bold] wrote: Some of the above comments need to take a look at what's the real picture here: you have kids up and down the country who are using drink and drugs. You have dealers and retailers supplying kids drugs and drink. Those that supply kids drugs should receive the harshest of all punishments: death by hanging. This is the only detterent. Same applies to all drug dealers. Secondly if a retailer sells drinks to underage drinker then the retailer should be fined and his licence to sell drink revoked. Look at the telegraph today ad you will note that some poor innocent kid was hurt by a junkies needle whilst playing in a kids play area. Imagine this kid being you or your own child: at risk of catching a disease or virus through no fault of his own, having his/her life expectancy shortened because of no fault of their own....you won't be too pleased. Best detterent is to use a serious capital punishment detterent such as hanging in public: sends a clear message to all drug dealers that this vile trade will no longer be tolerated by prosecuting the dealers using soft laws. Also the junkies and drunks should be put in rehab and sent away for 2 years so they become clean and stay clean. If they go back On to abusing drinks/ drugs then a five year lockdown in rehab.[/p][/quote]You need to wake up. Our troops have been in Afganistan for a decade, if they wanted to stop the flow of heroin onto our streets there is where they would have been able to do it. Instead heroin production has increased and our troops have been protecting the crops. We have a record crop this year. The only conclusion that can be drawn from this is that they don't want the flow of drugs to stop. They waged war on China with opium now they are waging war on us with it. RollandSmoke
  • Score: 1

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