At The Corner you can come and speak to someone about any aspect of drugs and we can then work with you either on a one to one basis or by linking you to specialist services.
Are you worried about your own drug taking? Do you know someone who is abusing or misusing drugs? If you're concerned about drugs, it's good to know the facts about how they can affect you physically and mentally.
Drug users don't start using drugs to become addicted on purpose. But with many drugs containing substances that are addictive, people who use them casually in their spare time can then become regular users.
Reasons why people start using drugs can include:
- To escape problems they may be having in other parts of their life
- Peer pressure and fitting in with another group of people
- Being curious about the effects of drugs
Becoming dependent on drugs can affect your family and friends. It can also have a serious impact on your own physical and mental well-being.
Drugs and the law
Drugs are categorised into three classes based on their overall level of harm. Class A drugs are the most dangerous and Class C drugs are less dangerous. However, all the drugs in all three classes are harmful and are addictive.
Remember that all categorised drugs are illegal, even Class C drugs like GHB and ketamine. If you're caught selling them on to other people, or carrying a small amount in your pocket, it's likely that the police will get involved. If you're found guilty of any of these offences, you may face a fine or time in custody. Class A drugs carry the most severe sentences.
Be wary of other so-called legal highs. The law was changed in April 2010 to change the classification of a group of previously legal highs to illegal Class B drugs. This includes the drug mephedrone (or MCAT).
Just because a substance claims to be legal, it doesn’t mean it’s safe. They can be filled with a range of potentially dangerous chemicals, and exactly what they contain changes all the time. You can never be certain of what you have bought, and what the effects might be.
Mixing Drugs and Alcohol
The effects of illegal drugs will always be unpredictable. Generally, when you mix them with alcohol they’re exaggerated in some way, which can result in anything from sickness to heart failure. The best advice is to completely steer clear of mixing drugs with alcohol.
Worried about a friend?
If you suspect that one of your friends or relatives is abusing drugs, you may want to approach them and talk about it.
It's not your responsibility to make them stop, but you can tell them about how their behaviour is affecting your relationship with them.
If they come to you asking for help with their problems, then it's important to listen and help them find the right information and treatment.