If you, or someone you know needs support and advice on drugs, there's various support and advice available to help you.
What are the risks?
All drugs carry risks, and you never know how your body will react to a drug. Some drugs put pressure on your heart and breathing which can lead to heart failure. Some drugs are new, and their harms may not be fully known. Sometimes, drugs don't contain what you think they do, and they can include lots of nasty chemicals that could cause serious harm. You can find out more about the risks on the FRANK website.
What support is available?
Our drug services can help you decide what you need to do to change your drug use. We offer:
- access to substitute prescribing medication
- general healthcare advice and information
- complimentary therapies
- support with housing, employment, education, training and benefits
- information about services user support groups
- services based at local health settings like GP surgeries, health centres or pharmacies.
We have support for people concerned about someone else's drug use. This could be if you are affected by someone else's drug use, or if you just need some information to support you.
Under 18 support
We have special support for people aged under 18. This support is for anyone who might need advice or guidance around their own drug use, or if they want support and someone to talk to about someone else's drug use.
Get in touch
If you are worried about your drug use, or someone else's drug habits, then you can speak to the following people for support:
Your GP will be able to give advice and talk you through support available
Healthy Sandwell will be able to signpost to local services. You can call the team 9-5pm Monday to Thursdays, and 9-4.30pm on Fridays on 0800 011 4656 or 0121 569 5100. There's more information about local services on their website.
If you need someone to call about drugs, FRANK are available all day, every day on 0300 123 6000. They provide friendly, confidential advice about drugs.