Do you take drugs or solvents for pleasure, to escape unhappiness, to reduce anxiety, relieve boredom, or to belong?
It is likely that you will be exposed to drugs at some time or another, so you need to know what they are, and their side effects. Drugs are taken for all sorts of reasons and the effects are always different for everyone.
We all know taking drugs is risky and dangerous even if you have tried them before or trust your supplier. Nevertheless, there can be a price to pay, death, serious health problems, imprisonment and some side effects that can be very frightening for you and for those around you.
If you suspect someone has taken drugs and is having a bad reaction, call 999 for an ambulance. Don’t mess around, act quickly; you won’t get into trouble for helping a friend – and you may even save their life!
If you want help or advice about drugs and their side-effects, you can contact the following:
Signpost Youth Project
Provides advice, information and support about drugs & alcohol for 11-19 year olds.
Tel: 01597 823620 / 01597 825102
Signpost Newtown / Welshpool
Tel: 01686 625 140.
Tel: 01874 620 042
Mobile: 07976 823 221.
FRANK (formerly National Drugs Helpline)
This helpline is available 24 hours every day and offers information and advice to anyone concerned about drugs. This includes users, their families and friends and people who work with them. This is a confidential service. If you e-mail a question, the reply will come back with no reference to drugs in the subject line.
Tel: 0800 776 600
D-World is available to 11-14 year olds
Youth Information Powys
Offers a mobile information and advice service to young people. Visits Brecknockshire and Radnorshire secondary schools on a regular basis during school term time and also youth projects.
Tel: 01597 827586
Youth Information Powys (North)
Provides mobile youth information and advice service, visiting Montgomeryshire high schools at lunchtimes, clubs/projects/outreach during the evening, festivals/events etc.
Tel: 01938 559 130
Mobile: 07815 120 404
Tel: 0800 1111 (Helpline available 24 hours, 7 days a week)
– search ‘Drugs’, ‘Alcohol’, ‘Smoking’
– search ‘Substance Misuse’, Alcohol’, ‘Smoking and Alcohol’
The Powys 14-19 Network would like to thank Powys Agency for Mental Health for allowing us to copy this page which is an excerpt from their young people’s personal support directory ‘Are You…?’ reprinted in October 2008 with part funding by the 14-19 Network All young people 14- 19 years of age should have received their own copy of the directory during October/November 2008.
Please contact us with any comments about this page or the PAMH booklet.