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ear Readers, welcome to the Christmas edition of the essential guide for modern families.

Inside this issue we are talking about issues that affect the modern families of today such as bullying, smoking, drugs, alcohol, teenage pregnancy and racism to name but a few. Growing up myself on a tough housing estate in the 70’s, some of the issues mentioned were rife but then again a lot of the issues have only just come into fruition, with modern day culture. The articles in this publication are aimed at families like yourself and we will try to point people in the right direction for help and assistance. As well as this publication we also have a website with lots of useful information and agencies that can help families in need of assistance which is www.of4.uk. Don’t forget to enter our competition to win a Playstation 3 for Xmas. Here’s Hoping you all have a very merry Xmas. The Editor O4F Ltd Sourcing Real Solutions


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A Couple of Facts Possession of a controlled drug is against the law and could lead to a criminal record. You can find out more about this in the section Drugs And The Law. Some young people are more likely to get addicted and go on to develop serious problems and need specialist help. See How do drugs work and what are their effects? and the Drugs A-Z for more information. And theories... The so called 'gateway theory' (which suggests that the use of drugs such as cannabis leads to the use of other drugs such as heroin and cocaine) is a hotly debated and controversial topic. We know that many of the people who come into contact with drug services as a result of serious problems with drugs such as heroin, began their drug taking by experimenting with cannabis. We also know that dealers who sell cannabis may also offer, or try to persuade customers to experiment with, other drugs. On the other hand, we know that some young people will give up drugs of their own accord, without any major problems. They might know people who have either tried cannabis and given it up, or who continue to use cannabis occasionally, without any obvious signs of developing an addiction or moving on to other drugs. Recent research has highlighted the physical risks of cannabis use (for example, the respiratory effects of smoking the drug). Cannabis has also been associated with conditions such as schizophrenia, psychosis, depression and anxiety. The bottom line Whilst young people appear to be more vulnerable to addiction than others, all drug taking is potentially dangerous and carries serious risks to physical and mental health.

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Going smokefree isn't easy, but when you see the drastic improvements to your life and health, you'll want to set your action plan going as quickly as you can. How will my health benefit? You will reduce your risk of developing illness, disability or death caused by cancer, heart or lung disease. You will reduce your risk of gangrene or amputation caused by circulatory problems. You will protect the health of those around you by not exposing them to secondhand smoke. You will reduce the chances of your children suffering from asthma or glue ear. You will improve your fertility levels and your chance of a healthy pregnancy and baby. You will improve your breathing and general fitness. You will enjoy the taste of food more. How will my lifestyle improve? You will save money - as much as several hundred pounds a month, if you're a heavy smoker. You will no longer smell of stale tobacco. The appearance of your skin and teeth will improve. You will feel more confident in social situations you won't be worrying about the secondhand smoke you create anymore. As a non-smoker, you may even find you get approached more often by potential new friends and partners when out socialising. Your home will smell fresh and you will no longer be staining your walls with nicotine. You will reduce the risk of fire in your home.

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acism is treating someone differently or unfairly simply because they belong to a different race or culture. People can also experience prejudice because of their religion or nationality. It is illegal to be treat people differently or unfairly because of their race and no one has the right to make you feel bad or abuse you.

What kinds of things do people do if they are being racist? Racism takes many different forms. These can include: • Personal attacks of any kind, including violence • Written or verbal threats or insults • Damage to property, including graffiti

Why are people racist? Unfortunately racism can exist in all races and cultures. Racists feel threatened by anyone who is from a different race or culture. Our views and beliefs develop as we grow up. If a child or young person grows up within a racist family, or has friends who are racist, they may believe that racism is normal and acceptable. Prejudice of any kind is often based on ignorance and fear of anything unfamiliar.

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