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Drugs and legal highs

Information about drugs and how to access support if you have a problem.

Drugs affect people in different ways and finding helpful and accurate information out there can be difficult, particularly about ‘legal highs’. If you are worried about your drug and/or alcohol use, you can get friendly, non-judgemental and confidential drugs advice and support at a time and place convenient to you from the young person’s service in West Sussex. You don’t have to manage on your own.

Staying safe if you choose to use drugs:

  • Make sure that you have enough credit or minutes left on your mobile in case you need to meet up with friends or call your parents.
  • Don't mix drugs, especially with alcohol, as the effects can be unpredictable and potentially much more dangerous.
  • Plan how you're going to get home safely. Make sure that someone knows where you are, don't get separated from your friends while you are out and keep enough money for a taxi home.
  • If you're getting a lift, make sure that the driver hasn't been drinking or using drugs.
  • Watch out for your friends. If anyone gets into difficulties, call an adult or, if the situation is dangerous, call 999.

Advice and support

  • ChatHealth - Confidential advice from the free school nurse text messaging service.
  • Talk to Frank - The national drugs awareness website for young people, parents and carers.
  • ThinkDrinkDrugs - The local drugs and alcohol information website, with an A–Z of drugs, tips on keeping yourself safe on a night out and where you can find local support.
  • The Mix - Lots of useful information, advice and young people’s experiences.
Last updated:
24 August 2020
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