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Drugs can be prescribed drugs from doctors or illegal drugs on the street but there are always risks to taking them. Some of those risks include:

  • damage to physical and mental health
  • accidents while you are not in control of what you are doing
  • not knowing what the drug will do to you
  • taking too much in one go and possible overdose
  • becoming dependent on drugs
  • spending too much money
  • missing out on school work
  • falling out with family and friends
  • getting in trouble with the police
  • owing money to drug dealers who may become violent or dangerous if you can't pay

Prescribed drugs are just as addictive and sometimes just as dangerous as illegal drugs so you should always look at the side effects of the drugs before taking anything.

Illegal drugs

The most common illegal drugs are listed here for more information about these: 

  • Amphetamines - Other names: Speed, Billy, Whiz, Phet.
  • Cannabis - Other names: Dope, Hash, Weed, Pot, Skunk, Ganga, Zoot, Spliff, Green 
  • Cocaine and Crack - Other names: Coke, Charlie, White, Snow, Sniff, White Lady
  • Ecstasy - Other names: E, Beans, Pills, Doves, Apples 
  • Heroin - Other names: Smack, Junk, H, Brown, Gear, Skag
  • Ketamine - Other names: Green, K, Special K, Super K
  • Khat - Other names: Qat, Quat, Chat
  • LSD - Other names: Acid, Tabs, Trips
  • Magic Mushrooms - Other names: Shrooms, Mushies, Magics
  • Mephedrone - Other names: Meow Meow, M-Cat, Drone, Bubbles, Bounce
  • Volatile substances (solvents) - includes things like glue, hairspray, gas refills for lighters, paints, thinners and correcting fluids

Useful contacts


Confidential service offering advice, support with drugs and alcohol issues for all ages.

Phone: 0800 776 600


CAN Young People Bedfordshire (CAN YP)

Service for 10-19 year olds. Confidential service for young people worried about themselves or others.

Phone: 01234 344911