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Useful websites

Talk to Frank
Worried about drugs – Talk to Frank.

D'n'A Newcastle
D'n'A - Drug and Alcohol services for young people in Newcastle.

Drugs - Know the Score
Information and advice about drugs and the effects of drugs. Call our free confidential drugs information and advice helpline on 0800 587 587 9.

Release
Release is the national centre of expertise on drugs and drugs law - providing free and confidential advice.

Crimestoppers
If you want to report drug use or dealing without having to give a name visit the Crimestoppers website or call 0800 555 111.

Call 0300 1000 101
The neighbourhood helpline in Newcastle and Sunderland, if you see drug litter, such as needles, left in the street or local park.

Newcastle P.R.O.P.S
Positive Response to Overcoming Problems of Substance misuse.

N2L (Never Too Late)
N2L is a confidential service for young people aged under 18 who live in North Tyneside. It provides information, advice, assessment, support and specialist intervention for young people experiencing difficulties associated with the use of substances. It can be contacted at:

The Youth Village
Hudson Street
North Shields
Tyne & Wear
NE30 1DL

Tel: 0191 6438802

Advice for victims of crime
If you have been a victim of any crime or been affected by a crime committed against someone you know, help is available for you.

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Drugs

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The definition of "Drug":
"Any chemical substance taken into the body which alters the way the body functions and/or the individual’s emotional state or behaviour."


 

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Illegal drugs are exactly that – ILLEGAL.

If you’re found with drugs on you, you can expect to be arrested and prosecuted ending up with a criminal record which could put the brakes on getting a job.

Even more seriously, if you supply drugs to others you could get a long prison sentence.
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A cannabis joint

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And that’s before you think about how dangerous taking drugs is.

All drugs are potentially dangerous and because most are illegal there's no way to control what goes into them. These substances interfere with the way your body works by altering your internal chemical processes.

Some drugs can cause more long term physical damage - like heroin and crystal meth. Other drugs, such as cannabis, can trigger underlying mental health problems like schizophrenia.

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Recreational drug use can quickly turn into a user becoming dependent on needing to use them regularly. This is addiction and can affect physical and mental health as well as impacting on relationships and social situations.

Drugs fall into three categories: Class A, B or C. Class A drugs are the most dangerous with Class C drugs being the least dangerous. However, all three classes of drugs are harmful and addictive.

There are lots of reasons why young people start using drugs, such as peer pressure, because they think they are fun, to escape problems or simply because they are curious.

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Addiction:
An emotive term, generally taken to mean the compulsive use of a drug with attendant damaging effects on the individual, those around them and on society.



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Illegal drugs you might have heard of:


• Crack cocaine

• Crystal meth (methamphetamine)

• Speed (amphetamine)

• Marijuana

• LSD

• Heroin

• Ecstasy

• Rohypnol/GBH/roofies/date rape drug

• Ketamine

• Steroids

• Meow Meow (Mephedrone)

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First aid when dealing with someone under the influence of drugs


Helping someone who is under the influence of drugs can be difficult because they could be aggressive or eager to argue or fight, but their condition could be serious or even life threatening.

Signs and symptoms of someone under the influence of drugs:

• Drowsiness, anxiety, agitation, or hyperactivity
• Change in pupil size
• Confusion
• Hallucinations
• Slurred speech
• Nausea and vomiting
• Flushed face

Treatment


• Monitor their airway breathing
• Assess if they have any other injuries
• Beware of the person you are helping becoming violent
• Snoring sounds could mean their airway is obstructed
• If the person you are helping is unconscious, open their airway, check their breathing, put them in the recovery position and call 999 for an ambulance.

If you think you or a friend has a problem, there is plenty of help available.

Please use our useful links information on the left hand side.