When you’re young taking drugs might seem really cool and just something you can do to have a good time with your mates. It might also seem that being 40 or 50 is so far in the future you don’t have to worry about it and you just want to live in the now.
Young people might take drugs to:
- Fit in with their friends
- Feel grown up
- To rebel
- To experiment
- Because “everybody else” does
Young people don’t seem to take long term risks seriously and may have a belief that they’ll be able to control or stop their drug use before it becomes a problem. A lot of young people see cannabis use or drinking as normal and OK and aren’t aware of the risks they are taking.
What we do know is that more and more younger people are suffering the effects of long term or heavy drug use. For example taking too much ketamine has meant some users having to have their bladder removed at the age of 20. Too much cocaine use has meant people losing the septum in their nose. Studies show that long term users of cannabis have a higher than average chance of developing schizophrenia, depression and other mental health problems.
If you have taken drugs and want some advice, you can contact the Birmingham, Wolverhampton or Northamptonshire Young People service. It is completely confidential so we wont tell Mum or Dad! It is important to ask questions and get help before it is too late?
Alternatively have a read about the most common drugs here, you need to know what you’re taking.