Drugs and Alcohol

The risks of illegal drugs, tobacco and alcohol, and how you can protect yourself and your friends

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Children and young people in Oxfordshire can get help if there are issues with drugs or substance misuse

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Illegal Highs

New drug-like substances are sometimes known as ‘legal highs.' But they are illegal and have serious health risks. People who buy and sell 'legal highs' are breaking the law.

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Alcohol & safer drinking

Every year, young people drink less alcohol. But for some, drinking heavily and getting drunk is still a risk

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Stop smoking

Information on how to get help if you, or someone you care for is smoking

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Cannabis is illegal in the UK and evidence shows it may be particularly risky for young people

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Drugs Exploitation

Information about support for young people in Oxfordshire who are vulnerable to drugs exploitation or being exploited.

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e-cigarettes and vaping

Vaping is an alternative to smoking. There are still risks to health. The safest thing is not to smoke at all.

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Staying out of Trouble

If you are worried that you or your friends are getting into trouble, there are things you can do to help