Cocaine: risks and recovery from addiction

Cocaine use, even if it's casual, can soon lead to dependence. Two people describe how the drug nearly ruined their lives.

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Cannabis: the facts

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Drug addiction: getting help

If you have a drug problem, there's a lot of support and help available. Here's where to find it.

The effects of drugs

Find out about the most widely used illegal drugs in England and Wales, and how they affect your health.

Drugs and the brain

Experts talk about the effects of recreational drugs on the brain, from paranoia to depression.

Talking about drugs with your child

Tips to help you talk openly about drugs with your child.

Advice for families of drug users

Advice for families or carers of drug users, including where to find further information and support.

Real story: 'My son was addicted to heroin'

Robert and Cassie talk about helping their son recover from heroin addiction

Heroin: get help

Where to get help for heroin and opiate addiction, including information on methadone, talking therapies, self-help and rehab.

Legal highs

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