Drugs are illegal. Talking about them isn't.. So Talk to Frank...

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Did you know?

Even the smallest amount of weed could get you arrested. What the police will do depends on the circumstances and how old you are.

As well as causing cancer, and serious heart and stomach problems, smoking will make you smell, give you dull skin and yellow teeth.

Taking drugs can also give you hallucinations, sickness, depression, liver and kidney problems, and fits.

Ask Ed

Why is mixing drugs dangerous?

If you take more than one type of drug in the same night, such as smoking cannabis and taking bubble, they might interact in an unexpected way.



What long-term damage does weed cause?

Studies have shown that if you regularly take cannabis it will increase your chance of later developing psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia.

If you have a family history of mental illness then there is an even greater risk of this happening.

Cannabis has lots of chemicals in it and is often mixed with tobacco which means that there is a risk of you developing lung and other forms of cancer.

Got asthma? Smoking cannabis will make it worse and it can lead to wheezing in non-asthma sufferers. It could also affect your chances of having kids in the future.

What's the worst drug I could take?

All drugs are dangerous and have different effects on different people, so it’s not possible to name the worst drug.

Some drugs:

Are highly addictive (making it hard to stop using them) – such as crack cocaine, heroin and tobacco.

Can have dangerous immediate effects – you could suffer hypothermia from taking ecstasy and crack could stop your heart.

Lead to long term physical damage (such as crystal meth, ketamine and alcohol).

Can affect your brain, leading to schizophrenia and other mental health illnesses if you take khat, amphetamine or cannabis.

However, there’s no way of you knowing for sure the harmful effects that might be caused if you take drugs and how it will specifically affect you.

I'm worried about my friend, what should I do?

It can be difficult to tell if your friends are taking drugs – as it usually starts as occasional use.

You may start to notice some tell tale signs which could be related to drugs use, such as:

  • They might get angry quite often
  • Their personality might change – they might seem different and stop being interested in a hobby or their schoolwork
  • They might stop hanging around with you and their normal mates and have a new set of mates
  • They might seem tired or sleepy all the time
  • You might notice that they make excuses for things, tell lies and are really secretive
  • They might look a bit drunk or spaced out
  • You might see them with powders, pills or other gear associated with drugs

If you think your friend might be taking drugs, talk to someone you can trust, such as a parent or teacher.

Where can I get help?

Don’t have anyone to talk to? You can call Talk to Frank on 0800 776600 or visit www.talktofrank.com

They’ll be able to give help and advice 24/7 and all their calls are confidential, they won’t ask for your name.



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