Drugs can increase the risk of accidents while intoxicated, accidental overdose or becoming addicted. They also have side-effects which include hallucinations, mental and emotional disorders, infections, sores, blood poisoning, and other illnesses. Drugs can be fatal.
Solvents are found in products like aerosols, glue, lighter fuel, paint and petrol. When their vapours are inhaled, they produce a similar effect to alcohol. Sniffing these vapours can depress the bodily functions like breathing and heart rate, cause disorientation and unconsciousness, loss of control and in some cases death through suffocation, or from fright or exertion through the effect it has on the heart. Solvent abuse can be fatal.
Drugs and the law
Under the Misuse of Drugs Act, it is an offence to:
- Unlawfully possess a controlled substance.
- Possess a controlled substance with the intent to supply it.
- Supply or offer to supply a controlled drug.
- Allow a property to be used by people taking drugs.
Where can I get help or further information?
In an emergency call 999. If you have concerns about drugs in your area, call the police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Drugs and young people
If your child is taking drugs, you may notice changes in their behaviour, such as sudden mood swings, bad temper and aggressiveness, loss of appetite, loss of interest in sports, hobbies, schoolwork or friends, and needing more sleep. Other signs might include money disappearing, smells, stains or marks on their body or clothes, and powders, tablets, burnt tinfoil or needles in their possession.
If you are concerned about drug use or drug dealing in your area, contact the Police on 101 or Crimestoppers (if you wish to stay anonymous) on 0800 555 111.
Drugs in the community
Cannabis farms grow violence and organised crime in communities. They can harm individuals and communities. When it is organised criminal gangs that are growing it, they can bring further crime into your neighbourhood.
If you suspect there is a cannabis farm cultivation in your community, call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
'Talk to Frank' - a confidential helpline for anyone in the UK concerned about drug use, 0300 123 6600.
ADFAM - Information and support for the families of drug and alcohol users.