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Young people – drugs

There can be a lot of pressure to experiment with alcohol or to take drugs when you’re young. Find out how to get help if you are using illegal substances.

There can be a lot of pressure to experiment with alcohol or to take drugs when you’re young. Find out how to get help if you are using illegal substances.

Drugs destroys lives

Drugs can have a really bad effect on your:

  • future
  • family
  • relationships
  • community
  • hope.

Side effects of taking drugs can also affect your:

  • focus at school
  • behaviour, mood or personality
  • appearance
  • mental health
  • finances
  • relationships with friends and family.

Worried about drugs?

Some young people can feel under pressure to take or smoke drugs to 'fit in' with their friends. In some cases, you may be worried about a friend who is taking drugs and want to help them. It's important to remember that there is help out there nationally and locally whatever your situation.

Get help

If you’re aged 10 or over, live in the borough of Lewisham and need free, confidential help or advice about drugs or alcohol contact the Lewisham Health and Wellbeing Service at Compass:

Alternatively you could contact the national drugs advice charity for young people Talk to Frank by phone, text, email or online.