Information for
Young People

Drug and alcohol misuse can be just as confusing and worrying for those who are suffering from addiction as it is to their loved ones. The effect that drug and alcohol use has on younger people is different from the effect that it has on adults. This page offers information on what the effects of alcohol and drugs are, how to stay safe, the law around them and advice to those who are concerned about addiction.

Information for
Adults

Moderation and addiction can both be unclear, especially in light of the new government safe drinking guidelines. This page offers information on substance misuse as well as advice on safe drinking and the law around drugs to those who are concerned about someone else, or their own use.

Information for
Adults & Young People

Drug and alcohol misuse can be just as confusing and worrying for those who are suffering from addiction as it is to their loved ones. The effect that drug and alcohol use has on younger people is different from the effect that it has on adults. This page offers information on what the effects of alcohol and drugs are, how to stay safe, the law around them and advice to those who are concerned about addiction.

Information on
How to get
in touch

Whether you are concerned about the relationship that you or someone you know has with drugs or alcohol, you can get help within Bracknell. The DAAT and SMART team are available to offer fast, non-judgemental and friendly guidance to those looking for support. This page also offers information on how to get in touch and how the drug and alcohol team work in Bracknell.

Drugs

There are a great number of drugs and substances that people can become addicted to. For an in-depth list of street drugs, their appearance, other names and effects, visit Talk to FRANK

 

Drugs and the Law

Drugs are put into three classes: A, B and C. Each of these classes has a maximum fine and prison sentence for both possession (having the drug on you) and supply (dealing). Although these laws are put in place, there is no way of knowing how severe your fine or sentence will be if caught with drugs. The amount of drugs you need on you for the police to believe that you have intent to supply is surprisingly low, and there is no way to prove your intentions to the police. Even sharing drugs with friends is considered supply, and will always carry a much more serious sentence with it than possession. Even if you have no prior warnings or convictions, being caught with drugs can lead to a criminal record which seriously damages future employment and travel opportunities.

http://www.release.org.uk/drugs-law
http://www.drugwise.org.uk/what-are-the-uk-drug-laws/

 

Legal drug taking

 

Legal Highs

Legal highs are a mixture of chemicals which are made to act on the body in the same way as street drugs such as MDMA or cannabis. Because you can buy these in the comfort of your own room and don’t have to interact with drug dealers or risk getting into trouble with the police, it is easy to feel as though legal highs are the safer option if you want to try drugs. However, legal highs have proven to be fatal on a number of occasions and can lead to serious health problems.

Something which can lull buyers into a false sense of security is the positive reviews which appear on the seller’s website. These are often made up by the seller. Also, where the product can be traced and has the chemicals listed online and sometimes on the packaging, it can be easy to feel more safe buying legal highs than it does street drugs. The product will almost always state that it is not fit for human consumption (although it is obvious what they’ve been designed for). 

One of the most popular types of legal highs is cannabinoids or “spice”, which is made to recreate the effects of cannabis. These products can be advertised as “herbal”, which makes them seem less dangerous. Cannabinoids are plants which have been sprayed with a chemical and can then be smoked like normal cannabis. As it is not the plant which gets the user high but the chemical that has been sprayed onto it, the last bits in the bag can be way stronger than the rest has been and can cause the user to smoke too much. The effects of cannabinoids have been devastating so far. Because of how new these products are there is very little research behind how they can affect a person which makes them dangerous and difficult to treat. 

Under UK law, “legal highs” will be rendered illegal by the future Psychoactive Substances Act.

For more information on legal highs, visit http://www.talktofrank.com/legalhighs

 

Prescription and over the counter medication

It is not only street drugs that are addictive. A lot of medication has a powerful effect on people and it is easy to become addicted to pills which have been prescribed or bought over the counter. Because medicine is designed to make people better and is regulated unlike street drugs, people who abuse it are not often thought of as having a “drug problem”.

The number of deaths and casualties caused by prescription and over the counter medication massively outweigh the number of deaths caused by other drugs. It can be easy to overdose on medication, especially when a mixture is ingested, or taken with alcohol.

If you have taken even slightly too much medication, urgent medical care is required.

Often, a patient will undergo a medical assessment prior to a prescription, and what may be effective in one patient could be lethal to another. Because of this, it is important never to share medication. A patient may find themselves addicted to their prescribed medication, especially if they have been administered the drug for a long time. If you think that you are becoming addicted to your prescription, talk to your doctor.

For more information on the abuse of medication, visit http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/prescription-over-counter-medications