Young carers raise concerns about over-the-counter drugs use

23 January 2012

Problematic alcohol use, sensible drinking levels and misuse of over-the-counter painkillers were some of the concerns raised by young carers, as part of a special online chat hosted by Swanswell.

Swanswell, a national charity which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use, joined up with The Princess Royal Trust for Carers on Monday 16 January to offer advice and information about substance misuse to people under 19-years-old, who have a caring responsibility.

A member of the Swanswell team spent time talking to young carers who were worried about their alcohol or drug use, or that of the person they are caring for.        

Among the topics raised was the young carers own use of over-the-counter painkillers.

Danni Manzi, Policy and Development Manager (Young Carers) for The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, said: ‘Young carers were able to get lots of really useful information and advice about a range of subjects but they also raised a few surprising concerns, one of which was about the young people’s use of painkillers.

‘The responsibility of caring for someone can take its toll and this finding reinforced for us the necessity of support for young carers.’

Chris Robinson, Swanswell’s Director of Services, said: ‘We’re really pleased that young carers were able to talk to us so openly, and then we were able to offer useful advice and information or sign post them to further help if necessary’.

It shows how online clinics like ours are a very useful way of talking with people who may not otherwise come forward, or know where to go to get help.’

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