Senior MP 'shocked' at report on child drug use

The head of the influential House of Commons home affairs committee says he is "deeply concerned" at an investigation showing children as young as four are being treated for drug and alcohol misuse.

Labour MP Keith Vaz called on parents to do more to prevent risks to their children.

"It is right that these youngsters receive the appropriate help but we must look at the source of their problems," he said.

"It is vital that parents take responsibility and additional support is given to them in order to prevent children being exposed to drugs and alcohol in the first place."

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Four-year-olds referred for drug and alcohol treatment

Children as young as four years old are among hundreds of young people being sent to specialist drug and alcohol treatment centres. An investigation by the Press Association found that councils across the UK were referring youngsters to the centres.