PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 October, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 05 October, 1995, 12:00am

NOWADAYS, it is commonplace to pick up a paper and read about yet another drugs offence involving teenagers.

This increase in drug use concerns parents, because they worry that their son or daughter might be the next victim.

I believe that teenagers who take drugs are cowards. They are taking narcotics, because they cannot face up to reality.

They think their actions will help relieve them of the pressures of daily life.

There is nothing we can do for them.

They have to solve their problems themselves and think about the future.

I believe in the saying, 'You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink from the well.' This means that whatever way we try to help them, it is useless, unless they genuinely want to give up drugs and are prepared to struggle hard to stop.