This isn't about telling teenagers what to do all the time or judging them for experimenting with drugs. It's about getting the facts and making your own decisions, including how to stop.

If you're tempted to think this is just something else old fogies disapprove of, to stop young people experimenting, just figure that some of them you know  smoked cannabis or took other drugs when they were young. And the lucky ones are still alive to talk about it.

Everyone thinks they can handle it until, if they are wrong, it is too late. It's a whole lot easier to start than to stop and no-one sets out to get addicted to anything on purpose. But it happens.

It's about feeling bad as well as good on drugs, getting into trouble as well as partying hard. So wise up before you get into something you can't handle, and if you already have, find out how to get help to get out.

It might only start with cannabis. That can't do much harm can it? This short film tells you the truth about the possible side effects. So you can't say you weren't warned :

It's not just drinking and driving that can get you into trouble. Drugs and driving don't mix - "your eyes give you away" is a short advert telling you why:

 

Talk to Frank has everything you wanted to know and more about drugs. Find out the facts from their videos about cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, LSD and cannabis. Learn about the effects of taking cocaine with Pablo the dog (drugs "mule" or carrier) in his video interviews with a various people including a taxi driver, a doctor, a mental health worker and a bouncer.

Why do people try drugs?

In this video from Youth Health Talk, young people talk about the reasons why they tried drugs.

Want to quit?

CASUS (Cambridgeshire Child and Adolescent Substance Use Service) provide information, support and specialist treatment in Cambridgeshire, around drug and alcohol use, to young people under 18 and their families. Their website contains information on their services, including how to refer yourself, or somebody else, and lots of information and advice around drugs, alcohol and mental wellbeing. Young people, family members and professionals are always welcome to get in touch to talk about how they might be able to help.

Narcotics Anonymous offer local meetings in Cambridge, Huntingdon and Peterborough, online and skype meetings, online chat and a forum alog with a 12-point plan to stop using drugs. NA is aimed at over 18's.

If your life is being damaged by someone else's drug habit, there is help for you, too. And for them if they want it.

The page was last updated on 18 June 2014 by andrea.bateman.

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