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the truth about drugs

KNOW THE SCORE


Drugs – lots of them
– lots to know about them
Acid (LSD) Junk (Heroin) Think everyone takes drugs? Most people
Base (Speed) Liberties (Magic mushrooms)
Bhang (Cannabis) Liquid Gold (Poppers) don’t. And many talk up what they’ve really
Billy (Speed) Lucy (LSD) done. So how do you know what’s fact and
Black (Cannabis) Marijuana (Cannabis) what’s fiction?
Blow (Cannabis) MDMA (Ecstasy)
Brown (Heroin) Meth (Speed)
Charlie (Cocaine) Mushies (Magic mushrooms) This A-Z booklet gives the lowdown
Christine (methylamphetamine) Percy (Cocaine)
Coke (Cocaine) Pills (Ecstasy) on lots of the more commonly used
Crazy medicine Puff (Cannabis) legal and illegal drugs.
(methylamphetamine) Resin (Cannabis)
Crystal Meth Rock (Crack cocaine) It tells you about their effects and
(methylamphetamine) Shrooms (Magic mushrooms)
Dope (Cannabis) Skag (Heroin)
their risks and also gives you info
Draw (Cannabis) Skunk (Cannabis) on other things to do with drug use
Dust (Cocaine)
E (Ecstasy)
Smilies (LSD)
Snow (Cocaine)
that you might find interesting. Like
Flash (LSD) Spliff (Cannabis) what to do if you’re worried about
Freebase (Crack cocaine) Tab (LSD) a mate. Or what happens when you
Ganja (Cannabis) Tina (methylamphetamine)
Gear (Cannabis and Heroin) Toot (Cocaine) mix drugs.
Glass (methylamphetamine) Trips (LSD)
Grass (Cannabis) Wash (Crack cocaine)
H (Heroin) Weed (Cannabis) There are also stories from people who’ve
Hash (Cannabis) White (Cocaine)
Herb (Cannabis) Whizz (Speed)
been there, done that. And details on where
Ice (methylamphetamine) Yaba (methylamphetamine) to go for help and advice so that, when it
comes to drugs, you know the score.

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A
Alcohol Anabolic steroids (Class C)
Looks like: Beer, lager, make you unconscious Looks like: Tablets that You might start getting
alcopops, cider, wine, or even kill you. If you are swallowed or a liquid paranoid, confused or
spirits and shots. drink alcohol a lot, you that is injected. have trouble sleeping.
Highs: In small amounts can end up feeling Highs: Steroids help Longer term, they can
alcohol can help you depressed. A long-term build up muscles if you give you high blood
relax and feel more drinking habit can cause take them as part of a pressure and liver or
sociable. It makes liver, heart and stomach strict exercise programme. heart problems. After you
your emotions more problems. You can They might also help stop taking them, you
intense, which is OK if also get addicted and people recover faster might feel tired or low for
you’re in a good mood, become an alcoholic. from strenuous exercise. a while. There’s a risk of
but not so great if you’re damaging your veins or
Lows: Steroids can make muscles if you inject.
feeling low. If you’re under 18, it is you aggressive, even if
Lows: Too much alcohol illegal for someone to sell you are normally calm.
and you’ll start slurring you alcohol. And illegal They can also stop you
your words and get for someone else to buy growing properly.
clumsy or fall over. You it for you.
might start crying or >blokes – you can get
getting angry – or do erection problems, grow
something you regret. breasts, develop acne or
Mixing with other drugs your testicles could shrink
can be dangerous, and >girls – you can get
drinking too much in one extra facial hair, a deep
go can lead to alcohol voice and your breasts
poisoning which can could shrink

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B
1. Get high 3. Trip out
Some drugs make Some drugs affect your
you feel more alert mind. They distort the
and energetic. They way you see, hear, feel
increase your heart and smell things. =
rate and blood cannabis; ketamine;
pressure. = cocaine; LSD; magic mushrooms
Buzz crack; ecstasy; poppers; 4. Get knocked out
It’s the way you feel after taking a drug. speed; tobacco Some drugs block out
It depends on what the drug is and how 2. Calm down physical and emotional
much you’ve taken. And it depends on Some drugs slow you pain. = heroin
how you are feeling, where you are taking down. They can make
But if the high was the
you feel calm and
it and who you’re with. But you might… sleepy. = alcohol;
only thing that happened,
wouldn’t everyone be
cannabis; gases, glues
taking drugs?
and aerosols (also known
as volatile substances); See COMEDOWN
GHB; tranquillisers (page 11) and check
out the LOWS throughout
this leaflet.

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C
Cannabis (Class C)
Looks like: Lows: Some people throw likely to sit around than
>hash = blacky-brown up, especially if they’ve get on with things.
lump made from resin been drinking. Some
people get anxious or Skunk fact or fiction?
>grass or weed = the Skunk is a very strong
paranoid. It has been
dried, chopped leaves.
linked with mental health and artificially modified It’s OK to smoke
Often called ‘herbal’ form of cannabis, known cannabis because
problems, especially
>skunk = a type of herbal if these things run in for its powerful smell it’s natural.
cannabis. Can be the family. Smoking it and effects on the mind. cannabis is illegal.
2-3 times stronger increases your chances Skunk has become above. And don’t forget,
than other varieties of getting diseases like more common than won’t harm you. See Lows
Usually mixed with tobacco lung cancer and bronchitis. sinsemilla as the potent natural doesn’t mean it
and smoked as a spliff or type of cannabis. You fiction: Just because it’s
joint. Can also be used to Long-term use may need to watch out for
make tea or can be baked affect memory and skunk, as it contains
in ‘hash cakes’ and cookies. concentration levels, much more THC (the
which can hinder stuff that gets you high)
Highs: Smoking a spliff
performance in school, than ordinary cannabis.
makes a lot of people
college or work – in some And new breeding
happy and relaxed and
cases causing people techniques and
the effects can last a few
to give up or drop out. technology mean that
hours. Some people have
Cannabis has also been it’s stronger than ever
one puff and get the
known to drain people before. So be aware:
giggles. It can make
of energy, leaving users skunk can really mess
colours and sounds seem
tired and lazy and more you up.
brighter and sharper.
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Cash Remember
Drugs cost. If you take pills every weekend, The costs are not just financial. Socially and
you could easily end up spending quite a environmentally, drugs take their toll. Because
chunk of cash in a year just on the drugs. A drugs don’t just affect the people who use
coke habit can cost up to £100 day. Stealing to them: they impact on the lives of people
pay for drugs can land you with a conviction. who become victims of drug-related crime,
and on those who have to live with the
“It was getting crazy. And there are other
Each time I did it, I just costs too: mess that drug users leave behind. They also
wanted more. I was >to your health (page 18) affect workers in other countries who grow
blowing all my cash on it the raw materials, and the people who are
>to your safety (page 36)
– and always looking out
for a chance to score. My >to your goals (page 22) involved in smuggling and transportation.
girlfriend was getting fed
up with me having no Drugs can cost you even
money so I decided I had more. Check out the LAW
to face up to what drugs on page 24.
were costing me.”

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Cocaine (Class A)
Looks like: A white Lows: Because cocaine
powder. It’s usually cut is really addictive, a
into lines on a smooth habit can be expensive.
surface and snorted up Snorting it can destroy the
the nose. Can also be inside of your nose and
smoked or made into high doses can stop you Comedown
a liquid and injected. breathing. Even young With drugs like cocaine, speed and ecstasy
Highs: Makes you feel people can have a fit or the high is followed by a comedown where
wide awake, cool and heart attack after taking you might feel tired, depressed and paranoid
confident. It can give too much and people
have died from overdose.
for a few days. It doesn’t always begin the
your ego a real boost,
The hit is quite short-lived day after you’ve taken the drug – sometimes
so you might end up
thinking you’re the – 20-30 minutes – so it could start a few days later.
world’s greatest flirt, people are often tempted With ecstasy it typically lasts up to three
dancer or comedian to take more. After a big
days, with symptoms at their worst on the
(although usually night on coke you might
feel like you’ve got flu. last day (weekend clubbers call it ‘mid-week
you’re not!)
Using it regularly can flu’). With crack cocaine the comedown is
make you feel run-down, more of a crash and you might crave more
panicky and reduce your of the drug. When they crash, some people
sex drive. can get aggressive or violent.

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D
Crack cocaine (Class A) Depression
Looks like: Small lumps Feeling a bit low or moody the day after –
or rocks about the size or sometimes even longer – is part of the
of a raisin, made out of deal with most drugs.
cocaine, baking powder
and water. It’s called Sometimes it gets more “After a while I didn’t
crack because it makes serious. If things don’t make feel like myself anymore.
a crackling sound when sense any more and you I didn’t know where the
it’s being burnt. Usually want to curl up and hide, old me had gone to.”
smoked in a pipe, glass you probably need to talk Sammi, 18
tube, plastic bottle or in Lows: Crack cocaine is to someone who can
foil. Can also be injected. extremely addictive and help, such as your GP.
it’s an expensive habit
Highs: Same short-lived because the effects wear
effects as cocaine, but off so quickly. It can cause Drug-driving
much stronger and a hallucinations, mood
more intense high. You know that drink-driving is illegal. What
swings and massive
you might not know is that drug-driving is
paranoia. High doses can
raise your temperature illegal too.
and stop you breathing You need co-ordination, The police are using
and, if you overdose, it anticipation, concentration roadside tests to find out
can be fatal. Heavy users and good judgement whether motorists are
often get anxious and to drive safely. And all unfit to drive because
paranoid, have trouble of these things go out of alcohol or drugs.
sleeping and feel sick of the window if you’re
quite a lot. on drugs.

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Ecstasy (Class A) FRANK
Looks like: Pure ecstasy Lows: Ecstasy can cause is here to give you friendly, confidential
is a white crystal powder anxiety, panic attacks advice on any subject related to drugs:
which scientists call and confusion. It raises
‘MDMA’. Ecstasy sold on your temperature and > what they are and what they do
the street usually comes makes your heart beat > pressure from your mates
in tablets and is unlikely faster. There have been > looking after yourself
to be pure MDMA. It over 200 reported > what to do if things go wrong
also comes in all sorts of ecstasy-related deaths > where to get help locally
colours and designs and in the UK since 1990. In
it’s getting more common some cases E stops the FRANK is available in 120 languages, 24 hours a day,
to see it sold as powder. body producing urine, 7 days a week. Calls are free from landlines and some
Highs: You have loads so if you drink too much mobiles. You can talk to FRANK confidentially:
of energy. Sounds, colours liquid too quickly, it can > on 0800 77 66 00
and emotions feel more interfere badly with your > by textphone (for the hard of hearing) 0800 917 8765
intense – you might feel body's salt balance. You > by emailing frank@talktofrank.com
like you love everyone never know what you’re
around you. getting with an E or how
you’ll react.

See HARM (page 18)


What’s in your E?
See X – the ‘unknown’
(page 43)

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G
Gases, Glues and Aerosols GHB (Class C)
and other volatile substances Looks like: A clear liquid
with no smell, which tastes
Lows: You might feel sick
and your muscles might
slightly salty. It comes in go numb or start to
Looks like: Gas lighter heart slow down. It’s small bottles or capsules. spasm and you might
refills, cans of hairspray, important not to scare A capful is a normal dose. lose consciousness. It can
deodorants, air or chase someone who is Sometimes comes in be fatal if it’s mixed with
fresheners, tins or tubes high on glue as a sudden powder form. alcohol or other drugs.
of glue, nail varnish and shock can be fatal. Take too much and
petroleum products. Highs: Can make you
They can seriously affect feel euphoric, sensual and you’ll start to feel sleepy
Highs: Makes you feel your judgment so you uninhibited. Effects can and out of it. Because it’s
dizzy and a bit like might try something last up to a whole day. almost tasteless, it’s easily
being drunk. You lose stupid. At the very least, slipped into a drink so
your inhibitions. you could get a red rash it’s sometimes used in
Lows: Volatile substances around your mouth, be sex attacks like rape.
can lead to coma and sick or pass out. We don’t know what the
heart problems and long-term effects of GHB
It is against the law
can kill you instantly. are but you can become
for a shopkeeper to
People have died the physically dependent on
sell ANY product to
first time they’ve used high doses.
someone under 18 if
them. Squirting gas
they suspect they might
products into your mouth
use it to get high.
is particularly dangerous
and deadly. It makes your
throat swell so you can’t
breathe and makes your

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H
Harm Haylee, 17
Substances are not safe and can cause long- “The first time I took
term harm. But, to reduce the amount of harm coke I was at a party and
they can do, anyone who takes drugs should: up for a good time. I felt
like I was IT after I’d
> avoid mixing drugs > keep track of the done it. After a while,
– see MIXING IT amount they’re using coke was ruling my
(page 31) for more info – to avoid an overdose social life. But the highs
> pace themselves – it > stay with other people weren’t as good as they
can take a while for – especially if they start used to be so when
someone suggested crack should take some. I‘d
substances to kick in to feel ill
I decided to try it. Before always seen myself as
> take a break – if they’re > take it easy the morning someone who took drugs
dancing, they should after – to help their long, that was what
I’d choose if I could get to have a laugh. This
take regular breaks to body recover. That made me realise I was
cool down, drink water means simple, healthy my hands on it. The only
thing was, I always felt in too deep. Getting into
and check how they’re stuff like water, toast heroin was never part
feeling and orange juice really ill afterwards. One
night, a couple of guys of the plan.”
> keep hydrated
I was with were smoking
(especially if taking Dehydration is the heroin to get through
ecstasy and speed cause of most ecstasy- the crash. They said I
while clubbing). It’s related deaths.
best to sip fruit juice
or isotonic sports drinks
regularly (no more
than a pint an hour)

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Heroin (Class A) Holidays
Looks like: Pure heroin is Lows: Heroin is very Wish you were here? unfamiliar place? And
white and is rarely seen addictive and your body that’s without the risks
Weather is hot – so
on the streets. The street gets used to it very quickly you face if you get
there’s more chance of
heroin you are more likely so you have to take more caught (see below).
getting dehydrated if
to come across can vary and more just to feel
you’re taking ecstasy or Friendly locals – and
in colour from dark brown ‘normal’ and avoid severe
speed. Putting alcohol you’ll be treated like a
to yellowish off white. It withdrawals. You can get
into the mix can make local if you get caught
can be smoked, snorted sleepy, dizzy or vomit;
things even worse. with drugs. Some
or dissolved in water and large doses can put you
Loads to do – but don’t countries have much
injected or heated and in a coma or even kill you,
get so off your head you stricter laws than in the
inhaled (called ‘chasing especially if taken with
can’t find your way back UK – there’s a death
the dragon’). alcohol. If you take it with
to your hotel or end up sentence for some drug
Highs: Heroin slows your other drugs – including
doing something you offences in Thailand,
body down and stops alcohol – you are more
regret. Malaysia, Singapore,
pain. Most people get likely to overdose.
Indonesia, Iran and
a big rush or buzz a few New experiences –
Algeria. Some countries
minutes after taking it See page 22 for info different food, scenery,
will not let you in in the
which makes them feel on INJECTING clubs and people. Is it
first place if you have a
good about themselves. Also see UNCONSCIOUS wise to experiment with
drug conviction.
(page 41) something like drugs
when you’re in an

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I K
Injecting Ketamine (Class C)
Cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin and speed Looks like: Usually comes Lows: It’s an anaesthetic
are sometimes injected. as a grainy white powder and stops you feeling
which is snorted or pain, so you're in danger
It takes the drug straight into the bloodstream so it
bought as a tablet. of injuring yourself badly
gives people a quicker, bigger high.
Highs: Ketamine makes without knowing you've
But it can cause vein damage, ulcers and gangrene done it. Sometimes
you hallucinate. You can
and spread HIV and viral hepatitis. Injecting a people are physically
trip for up to 3 hours
‘speedball’ – cocaine and heroin – can be deadly. incapable of moving.
(depending on the dose)
and you might have an
‘out of body’ experience. It can cause panic

J attacks, depression and,


in large doses, can make
mental health problems
like schizophrenia worse.
Large doses can make
Jobs it difficult to breathe
and can cause heart
Drugs can make a job – or school or college failure. If you’re sick,
– really hard work. there’s a risk you could
They can mess up the way you act, how well you choke on your vomit.
can focus, what you remember and how you deal
with people. And a drug conviction might stop you See SAFETY (page 36)
getting your dream job.

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L The three Classes of illegal drugs
Illegal drugs are put into three categories: Class A,
B and C. Class A are the most harmful and have the
biggest penalties.
The law
There are two offences police can charge DRUG MAXIMUM PENALTIES
you with if you are caught with drugs:
Class A – cocaine, crack carries the heaviest
cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, penalties, including
Possession Dealing up to seven years in jail
LSD and magic
If you are caught with Dealing is much more for possession and life
mushrooms
drugs the police will serious and includes imprisonment for supply
always take action, even being caught with drugs
if it’s only a small amount. that you were going to Class B – crystal meth up to five years in jail for
What happens depends share with your mates. (soon to be Class A), possession and 14 years
on the circumstances. speed (Class A if injected) for supply
You might get a warning A drug dealer could
and have the drug end up in jail for a long up to two years in jail for
Class C – anabolic
confiscated or, if it’s time (see maximum possession and 14 years
steroids, cannabis,
more serious, you will penalties overleaf). for supply
ketamine, illegal
be arrested.
possession of prescription
The police will think it’s drugs like tranquillisers
more serious if:
> you’ve been caught
with Class A drugs A criminal record could affect your chances
> this isn’t the first time of getting a job or going on holiday abroad.
you’ve been caught
Remember – drug-driving is as illegal as drink-
driving and carries the same penalties.

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Looks LSD (Class A)
One E or a few spliffs will make you look Looks like: Tiny squares
a bit out of it. But long-term drug use can of paper called ‘tabs’,
affect your appearance including your skin, usually with pictures
on them.
hair and weight. And your personal hygiene
Highs: A trip makes
might end up taking a back seat too. you hallucinate (see
or hear things that aren’t There’s no evidence
there) and feeds off your to suggest LSD does
imagination for up to any long-term physical
12 hours. Colours and damage, but if you have
sounds can be more mental health problems,
intense, and objects, it can make them worse.
time and movement If you have a history of
“I couldn’t bear to look are often distorted. serious mental health
in the mirror any more problems in your family,
– I looked really old, Lows: If you panic on a
trip it can be scary and it can be a bad idea to
my skin was pasty and take LSD as it can bring
spotty, my eyes were confusing. A bad trip can
be your worst nightmare underlying problems to
black and I hadn’t even the surface.
bothered to keep my come to life – you could
clothes clean.” Stacey, 17 harm yourself while
having a bad trip and
you might also
get flashbacks days or
months after the event.

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M
Magic mushrooms (Class A) Mates
Looks like: Skinny You could get flashbacks Got a mate taking drugs?
mushrooms which are where you re-live part Is it doing your head in 4. Focus on them, not the
sold either raw or dried. of the trip and, as with as well as theirs? You could drugs. The drugs aren’t
The most common is the LSD, bad trips can be try talking to them. Check doing anything to you –
Liberty Cap which is small terrifying. If you have a out the tips below: your mate is. You need
and tan coloured. mental health problem, to explain how their
1. Decide what you want
Highs: Like LSD, but the magic mushrooms might behaviour affects you.
to say before you begin.
trip is often milder and complicate it. And there’s Are they unreliable?
What do you think the
shorter and typically always the risk of taking Moody? Broke?
problem is and what do
lasts about 4 hours. a poisonous mushroom 5. Listen to them. If they
you want them to do?
People feel giggly and by mistake as they look go for help, offer to go with
quite similar. 2. Pick your moment.
confident. Taking lots of them.
Talk to them when you’re
mushrooms can distort At the end of the day, if
calm and when they are
colour, sound, objects, you can’t accept their
not high.
time and movement. choices, you need to
3. Avoid asking ‘why?’
Lows: Mushrooms make decide whether you want
Instead, ask questions
some people dizzy, sick or to carry on being mates.
that start with how, when,
have diarrhoea. They can
what or where.
make you hallucinate If they need help (or you
(which means you could need help to deal with
see or hear things that them), FRANK can help.
aren’t really there) and Call 0800 77 66 00 or log
this can be frightening. on to talktofrank.com

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Methadone Mixing it
Methadone is a the same degree of high. All drugs carry risks. But mixing them can
manufactured drug that It is used as a substitute for make things a lot more dangerous.
has similar effects to heroin, heroin in the treatment of
although it doesn't give heroin addiction. tranquillisers + alcohol stimulants + stimulants
‘Downer’ drugs like this Sometimes the effects
slow down your heart don’t kick in straight
Methamphetamine (soon to rate and breathing. away so people take
Combining the two something else. This
be Class A) aka Methylamphetamine can make the effect can increase the risk
even stronger. of dehydration and put
Looks like: It’s a type affect your appearance a strain on the heart.
heroin + tranquillisers
of amphetamine that big time. Your teeth and
or alcohol ecstasy + cannabis
comes as a tablet, gums could rot away
Overdose is much more Sometimes people take
powder or crystals. (known as ‘meth mouth’)
likely when these drugs cannabis to take the
Highs: Gives a very and you could get
are combined. edge off an ecstasy trip.
intense rush similar to nausea, vomiting and
heroin + cocaine But instead of calming
crack cocaine but lasting diarrhoea. Some people
Known as a ‘speedball’, you down, it could make
between 4 and 12 hours. get skin ulcers through
this can be deadly. you anxious and paranoid.
It suppresses the appetite picking at bugs they
and keeps you awake. imagine are crawling stimulants (like cocaine,
under their skin. ecstasy, speed) + alcohol
Lows: Crystal meth is very
While on the drug, These both put pressure
addictive and people
users often indulge on the heart, increasing
often end up bingeing
in risky sexual the risk of heart attack.
on it. It can cause mental
behaviour.
health problems and
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N O
Nick, 16 Overdose
There’s no such thing as a safe amount to
had but they were all off take. But an overdose is when you take so
their heads. His brother much your body can’t cope. If this happens
rolled a spliff and it you’ll need urgent medical attention.
started doing the rounds. With some drugs like cocaine and heroin, your
Paul took a puff and tolerance can build up very quickly, so you need more
passed it to me. I’d never and more to get the same high. And, after a break,
done cannabis before your tolerance goes down. It’s easy to take too much.
so I tried it – I didn’t
“We’d been hanging out, want my mates to think
having a few drinks and
then went back to my
friend Paul’s house. His
brother and a couple of
I couldn’t handle it.”

Not sure what to


say if your mates are
P
other mates had been taking drugs? Check Panic
clubbing and had all out MATES on page 29.
When someone’s on > steer them clear of
taken some Es. I don’t ecstasy, LSD, mushrooms crowds, noisy music
know what else they’d or speed there’s a risk and bright lights
they might panic. > tell them to take long
So how do you deal slow breaths
with it? > if someone’s high
> calm them down (especially on volatile
and be reassuring substances), don’t scare
them – it could kill them
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Q
Poppers Questions?
Looks like: Poppers come Lows: The effects don’t Don’t keep them bottled up. FRANK can give
in small bottles filled with last long and can leave you friendly, confidential help and advice on
liquid chemicals called people feeling sick, faint 0800 77 66 00. FRANK is available 24 hours a
amyl nitrate. They are and weak. They can give day or by email frank@talktofrank.com
sold in sex shops, clubs you a severe headache,
and gay bars.
Highs: You get a head
rush that lasts a couple of
minutes. Sniffing poppers
or a rash around your
nose and mouth. They
can burn your skin if you
spill them or kill you if
R
you swallow them. Taking
during sex can make
sexual organs feel bigger poppers is a bad idea Recovery position
and orgasms last longer. for anyone with chest
or heart problems, or
if you are anaemic or
have glaucoma (an eye
disorder). Some men say
they have trouble getting
an erection after sniffing
poppers. Poppers are If someone’s in a bad
not addictive but they way on drugs, put them
are toxic. Using Viagra in the recovery position
and poppers together while you’re waiting for
can affect your heart. help to arrive.

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Risks Sex
No drug is completely safe. There are lots Some drugs make you Some drugs can be
of different risks: less choosy deceptive
> HARM – see page 18 Volatile substances Lots of people think
> SAFETY – see below (which include gases, cocaine, speed and
> LOWS – these are different for each drug. glues and aerosols), GHB ecstasy are good for
See their individual pages for more info. and alcohol make you sex. They might make
less inhibited, so you you feel horny, but you
might pull someone you might not be able to

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twice at.
Some drugs let you down
follow through.
Some are bad news
GHB and rohypnol are
Alcohol, tranquillisers sometimes used in sexual
Safety and heroin can turn a assault – they’re slipped
big night of passion into into drinks to help knock
Your safety is at risk when you are on drugs:
a big night of nothing. people out.
> being reckless – some drugs can make you feel Regular heroin users “At the time I thought
invincible, putting yourself or others at risk of injury. can lose their sex drive ‘phwoar’ and couldn’t
> making bad decisions – some drugs can cloud your altogether. You could believe my luck. But
judgement so you might do something you regret. end up taking more by four in the morning
> being attacked – make sure your drinks aren’t risks and do things you I was starting to think
tampered with so you’re not at risk of drug-assisted wouldn’t normally do, or straighter. I definitely
sexual assault. forget to use a condom. wouldn’t have taken it
> getting in with the wrong crowd – you might end up that far if I hadn’t been
getting involved in crime. so out of it.” Jamal, 17

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Speed (Class B) Tom, 15
(but Class A if prepared for injection)
“When I think of dealers
Looks like: Usually sold in it with anti-depressants I think of big time
wraps like cocaine. The or alcohol can be fatal. gangsters or people
powder is off-white or It can make you anxious, outside clubs. Not me.
pink and sometimes looks low, irritable or aggressive All I did was try to sort
like small crystals. Base and too much sniffing of a few friends out with
speed is pinky-grey and it can damage your nose. some pills and a bit of
feels like putty. Speed is If you use it a lot, you whizz. The police haven’t
dabbed on the gums or could get more colds, flu told me what’s going to
sniffed in lines. It can also and sore throats. Injecting happen yet. I could get See THE LAW (pages
be rolled up in cigarette carries the usual risks a reprimand or a formal 24-25) for more info on
paper and swallowed associated with needle warning. I might even what could happen
(a ‘speedbomb’), mixed use. The high is followed by have to appear in court. if you supply drugs to
in drinks or injected. a long, slow comedown Mum was in a state of friends – even if you
which makes you feel shock when she turned give them for free.
Highs: Speed makes
you feel wide awake, irritable and can last for up at the police station.
excited, chatty and full one or two days. She’s said she’ll stand by
of energy and stops you “When I decided to me but I know she feels
feeling hungry. It can take speed my mates let down.”
cause hallucinations if told me what to expect.
you sniff a lot in a short But I checked things
space of time. out myself and what
Lows: Speed puts a strain they’d said was only
on your heart and taking half the story.” Dan, 16

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U
Tranquillisers (Class C) Unconscious
Looks like: Tranquillisers like alcohol you might If someone’s gone overboard with alcohol, volatile
are prescribed by accidentally overdose. substances, heroin or poppers, there’s a risk they might
doctors to treat anxiety Injecting crushed tablets lose consciousness. Call 999 immediately and place
and insomnia. They or melted-down capsules them in the RECOVERY POSITION (see page 35).
can come as tablets, can block veins and may
capsules, injections kill you. You can become
and suppositories (tablets dependent quite quickly
you put up your bum).
Highs: Tranquillisers calm
people down. Some
people have them on
– some people get
addicted after using
them for just four weeks
– and withdrawal can
V
prescription. They make cause pounding
you feel more relaxed headaches, sickness Vicky, 18
and less anxious but and confusion. “We were celebrating We got someone from
big doses can make Becky’s birthday and the club to help.While
you sleepy and forgetful. ended up at a club. we were waiting for the
They’re often used as We’d all been so into ambulance, they gave
chill-out drugs on the the music and dancing her mouth-to-mouth and
club scene. that, at first, we didn’t put her on her side so
Lows: Some cause short- notice that Danni was she wouldn’t choke if she
term memory loss. If you missing.We found her was sick. She’s OK now
take tranquillisers with slumped on a sofa – but we were so lucky we
other ‘downer’ drugs completely out of it and found someone who knew
not breathing properly. what to do.”

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W X
Warning signs X – ‘the unknown’
If you or your mates take drugs regularly There’s always an element of the unknown with drugs.
or over a long period, look out for signs What’s in it: How you react to it:
that suggest the drug use is becoming a
> with cocaine you might > lots of drugs affect
problem. Such as: get a wrap padded the heart and body
> losing interest in things you used to enjoy out with sugar or temperature. The way
> things not going so well at home talcum powder that your body ‘takes
> you won’t know for the strain’ will affect
> not being able to concentrate how you are feeling
sure what an E's got
> skipping school, college or work in it. It’s often mixed What happens that night:
> not caring how you look with caffeine, speed
> if you’re on LSD and
> feeling depressed or other chemicals
you’re not in a good
> feeling jittery > most heroin bought mood or something
on the street is impure. strange happens, the
> becoming a drug bore Some people have trip could turn into a
> losing touch with your true friends overdosed on pure nightmare
> only going out somewhere if there’s heroin because their
a chance you will score drugs body is only used to
an impure dose

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Y
Your life, your future
It’s up to you to set your own limits when it
comes to drinking and drugs. Take it easy
and make sure you know what the risks are.
And don’t be persuaded by other people to
do things you’re not sure about. But remember,
most people don’t do drugs. It’s your life –
shouldn’t you be in control?

Z
ZZZZZZZZ
Zoned out..zonked…zombie…
Drugs might make you high. But they can also
make you tired…and boring….and help you
achieve a big fat zero.

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