Drugs & alcohol

The truth about drugs and alcohol is complicated. How much are people taking? What are you being offered? What risks are there? What should you do in an emergency? What are your legal rights? No-one knows everything.

There are so many newer drugs made in labs all over the world that are changing all the time. When drugs are bought on the street or the internet you really don’t know what you are getting – what it’s made from, how much to take, side effects. The drug’s name doesn’t help much – the same name is used for lots of different substances. The drug “Spice” has been linked to several deaths in Norfolk and some young people affected by those deaths have worked with us to develop a training film. They don’t want this to happen again. Alcohol and smoking have risks. When drunk you are more likely to experience arguments, violence, risky sex, or take other drugs you didn’t plan to. Fewer young people are smoking than ever but it is still a huge health issue.

We know that many young people try different drugs and have very different experiences both good and bad. We provide advice on what to do to reduce risks or what to do in an emergency. If you use drugs we’ll work together with you to understand more about the drug itself, the situation you take it in and what’s going on for you when you take it. We can help you decide what you want to do and can refer you to other specialist services. You may just want to ask us questions about a friend or your parents, or want some information. Just come and talk.

Where and when?

If you need advice and information you can drop-in, ring or email our centres in Norwich or Great Yarmouth. Norwich is open for drop-in from 1.30-5.30pm Monday to Friday and Great Yarmouth is open 1.30-5.30pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday. There’s no need to make an appointment and all our services are free and confidential.