Testimonials

I have worked with and learned from Julian Cohen for more than 25 years. Drugs and Young People is the fruit of Julian’s long experience of working directly with young people and with professionals and parents. His approach is honest, non-judgemental, pragmatic and practical. This book should be essential reading for all parents and for anyone who cares for, or works with, young people.

Pat O’Hare, Director HIT


I welcome this book as an honest and practical, non-jargonised and highly accessible account of young people’s drug use and an invaluable reference for all parents, organisations and individuals who want to make sure that the risks and harms associated with it are avoided.

Vivienne Evans OBE, Chief Executive Alcohol, Drugs and Families (Adfam)


Drugs and Young People makes crystal clear that modern life is a matter of learning how to use substances successfully, rather than in a damaging way. This book gives you and your children the best preparation and hope for doing so. It shows parents and would-be-helpers that this involves listening, discussing, remaining calm and understanding young people, and not lecturing or demonising them.

Stanton Peele Ph. D., author of ‘Addiction Proof Your Child’ and many other books about drugs and addiction.


This book is a must-read for parents and the range of professionals who work with young people. It combines an up-to-the-minute understanding of the legal and illegal drugs young people encounter today with Julian Cohen’s unique ability to provide practical and sensible advice that doesn’t preach. I can recommend it highly to anyone who wants to make a positive difference to the lives of young people and contribute to their health and well-being.

Judith Aldridge, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Manchester University and author of Illegal Leisure Revisited – Changing patterns of alcohol and drug use in adolescents and young adults’.


Wise and sensible words from a seasoned and reputable author in the field of drug education and the wider issues of young people and drugs. Julian Cohen can always be relied upon to make parents and professionals review their thinking about the entrenched, polarised opinions and enduring mythologies that swirl around this ever emotive and controversial subject.

Harry Shapiro, Director of Communications and Information, DrugScope