Drug misuse

People who are affected by drugs use them compulsively and the effects of substance misuse contribute significantly towards poor health, homelessness, family breakdown and offending.


The truth about drugs

Drugs can be very harmful to your health and can affect the body in many different ways depending on the drug being used. You never know how you may react to a drug.

Drugs can be broadly divided into three categories based on their main effects. They may act solely as stimulants, as depressants or as hallucinogens (aka psychedelics).

Using drugs can easily lead to addiction and a range of health problems; once someone is addicted it can be difficult to realise you have a problem and to stop using.

New psychoactive substances NPS (also called legal highs)

There are many different NPS but most come as pills or powders.

NPS, such as mephedrone (meow meow) and spice used to be available to buy legally in "head shops" (shops that sell drug paraphernalia) or online.

Forensic testing of NPS has shown that they often contain different substances to what the packaging says, or mixtures of different substances.

This means you can never be sure what you are taking or what the effects might be.

Since the Psychoactive Substances Act came into effect on May 26 2016 it has been illegal to supply any NPS in the UK for human consumption. This includes selling them or giving them away for free.

Common drugs

Drugs can very harmful to your health, and can affect the body in many different ways depending on the drug being used.

Using drugs can easily lead to addiction and a range of health problems; once are addicted it can be difficult to realise you have a problem and to stop using. If you are concerned about your own or someone else’s drug use then follow the Support and advice on the right of the screen or find out more below.

Talk to Frank

If you want to find out more about drugs then the Talk to Frank website offers friendly confidential advice and information. Find out more below.

WANT MORE SUPPORT AND ADVICE?

Concerned you have a drug problem or worried about a family member or friend? Contact Knowsley Drug and Alcohol Integrated Recovery Service on 0151 482 6291 or 07780 495742 (out of hours) for friendly support and advice.

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