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​The drugs recognition leaflet

Drugs are an emotive issue for many. People often have strong views and much of the information provided by the media mostly represents views and opinions rather than fact.

There are many different drugs and many factors that influence their use, effects and potential risks and good quality information and advice helps limit the problems that are associated with drugs.

This leaflet provides basic information on what the most commonly used drugs look like, what they do and their effects, as well as some of the potential dangers and the legal position. It also gives an overview and provides with details of where those who wants to know more can get that information or help.

Download the leaflet to find out more about the most common drugs and also who to contact if you have any questions.


Do your children know more about drugs than you?

Many parents worry about their children becoming involved with drugs. They feel they don't know enough about drugs to help prevent them from coming to harm. Sorting out fact from fiction is often difficult.

There are many stories in the media about young people drinking heavily or taking drugs leading to addiction, crime and death. However, it's important to remember that:

  • most young people do not use drugs and, of those that do, most soon stop
  • those who try illegal drugs do not usually suffer any long term harm to their health
  • more young people experience problems from drinking too much alcohol than from taking drugs
  • young people who drink too much alcohol in their teenage years are more likely to develop problems with drug use in later life.

There are serious health and legal risks associated with drug use. Read the leaflet to find out more about how to approach the subject with your children  and who to contact for more information and support.

21 January 2015
Last Modified:
22 August 2018