Book review: The Drug Conversation: How to talk to your child about drugs

Lindsey Hayes reviews The Drug Conversation aimed at parents.

Book conversation book cover

As the title suggests, this book is primarily aimed at parents, although it is suggested that it could be a resource for GPs and their patients about how to talk to children about drugs.

Presented in a logical and easy to follow format, the chapters cover specific topics and provide current information.

The topics could be accessed by any health professional for additional information or as a refresher.

While there is no specific reference to the nurse or nursing role, the content could be particularly useful to community nurses and those working with families and teenagers as much of the information is easily transferrable.

The nursing role in supporting parents to talk to their children is not explicit in the text however helpful hints of how to introduce this challenging subject are a realistic guide to work with.

Case studies throughout text are excellent illustrative examples of the many aspects of recreational drug use and associated issues. They all grab attention, highlighting points made in the text and would be excellent to use with teenagers or for teaching purposes.

The appendix also includes some relevant websites and organisations.

I would suggest the nursing audience for this text is limited and this book is more likely to be accessed when required from a library.

Dr Owen Bowden-Jones | Royal College of Psychiatrists | 180pp | £12.99 | ISBN: 9781909726574

Reviewed by Lindsey Hayes, retired health visitor, teacher and trainer

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