Many websites offer information on drugs and their effects, but it is essential that you get hold of information that is responsible, reliable, honest and trustworthy. The Frank website has a wealth of information on a vast extent of drugs including their effects and dangers.
You may find it hard to speak to a young person about drugs and alcohol as you may feel a culture gap will make communication difficult - this does not mean that you should not try, a number of websites offer and tips and advice - please see the 'helpful links' section on this page.
Shropshire Recovery Partnership
We provide advice and support for young people aged 18 and under who are affected by drugs, alcohol or solvents.
The SRP has a confidentiality policy which has been agreed with Shropshire's Safeguarding Children Board. Young people's information will not be passed on without their consent - unless someone is being abused or in danger of suffering significant harm. The SRP are happy to take referrals from young people, friends, family, carers or professionals.
The SRP is based at
St Mary's Street
You can contact us on 01743 294 700
Help and support is also available to you as a parent, websites such as Adfam and Family Lives offer lots of advice.
If you would like further information, please consult the 'helpful links' section on this page.
Just the fact that a substance is sold as legal to possess, doesnt mean that its safe - you cant be sure whats in a legal or what effect its likely to have on you. Many legal highs, like mephedrone, Ivory Wave and 5-IT have been directly linked to emergency hospital admissions and in some cases deaths.
Even if you don't drink alcohol every day, you could be a binge drinker if you regularly drink to get drunk, more than the lower risk guidelines in a single session, quickly.
While food and water may ease some of the symptoms, they won't cure a hangover. The best way to avoid one is to moderate your drinking and have water between alcoholic drinks. Remember that water won't make you any less drunk or protect your liver.
Binge drinking for men is drinking more than 8 units of alcohol or about three pints of strong beer. For women, its drinking more than 6 units of alcohol, equivalent to two large glasses of wine.
Using drugs with alcohol can substantially increase risk of side-effects. Alcohol and cocaine together can be particularly dangerous, as they mix together in the body to produce a toxic chemical, called cocaethylene.
Injecting drugs can damage veins and cause ulcers and gangrene. Sharing needles or other injecting equipment can spread HIV and hepatitis infections.