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Support your opinions with facts
• Get familiar with what is the person that you have doubts about doing, what is his environment in school like, what is he doing during the class intervals
• Pay attention to the changes in his/her behavior
• Pay attention (talk to the class teacher and other teachers) how much time this student is spending at school

Self educate yourself
• Search for objective information about psychologically active substances in order to be prepared for a conversation
• Visit professional web sites and forums about drugs. Do have in mind that not all the information that is on the internet is correct and objective
• Call the drugs info line at 0888 99 18 66 should you have specific questions
• Do not forget that blaming someone could limit and destroy the communication
• You do not need to become experts about drugs but get enough information

Search for dialogue
• Do not use blaming and judging
• Be supportive and understanding but do put clear boundaries and rules
• Be informed about psychologically active substances
• Support your words with arguments and facts

Prevention
• Take care to educate in prevention the rest of the students
• Invite someone or institution that is working in the field of addiction to give a lecture in your school, participate together with the students in events that support the healthy way of living or organize such events yourself
• Organize your work with the school psychologist