The Welsh Helpline.
A bi lingual free 24 hour helpline for anyone wanting to find out more about drugs or alcohol and services available in Wales
The All Wales Needle Exchange Forum.
The Good Drugs Guide
The Good Drugs Guide is intended as non-biased on-line reference guide, an 'Encarta' for recreational drugs. An easy to read, entertaining, intensely-researched and accurate information resource for those interested in, worried about, or experimenting with recreational drugs.
HIT, established in 1985, produces and delivers a range of information and service interventions on drugs, community safety and other public health concerns. They produce a range of quality printed drugs information on safety and harm reduction, and legal issues, which can be ordered from their web site.
Lifeline is a non profit-making organisation and a registered charity founded in 1971, based in the North of England, helping people who use drugs and the families of people who use drugs. Lifeline has offices in Manchester, East Lancashire, West Yorkshire and Calderdale providing a range of services for drug users and those affected by drug use. Lifeline has produced a range of quality targeted publications providing harm reduction advice for drug users, sex workers and others affected by drugs.
The website for the government's drugs information campaign. Provides a confidential phone-line (taking over from the national drugs help-line), email queries service, and some free printed information (targeted at different age ranges) - on drugs and legal issues. Some good information but sometimes lacking in detail. By trying to appeal to a broad audience Frank information is less well targeted than that provided by non-govt organisations like lifeline and HIT. The confidential drugs help line (0800 77 66 00) has a good track record.
Alcohol Concern is the national agency on alcohol misuse. They work to reduce the incidence and costs of alcohol-related harm and to increase the range and quality of services available to people with alcohol-related problems. Their web site contains information about the work of Alcohol Concern, copies of press releases, fact sheets and other publications as well as news about what is happening in the alcohol field and links to other useful websites. The site also allows users to search our library database and services directory and order publications from our on-line bookshop.
Drinkaware aims to change the UK's drinking habits for the better. They promote responsible drinking and find innovative ways to challenge the national drinking culture and tackle alcohol misuse. An independent charity, they are supported by voluntary donations from across the drink's industry to equip people with the knowledge they need to make decisions about how much they drink.
Friends & Family
Tel: 0207 928 8900
A National Charity for families and friends of drug misusers providing information, counselling and support services
Benzodiazepine Addiction, Withdrawal and Recovery
This web site contains a comprehensive range of information relating to benzodiazepines. It includes a series of FAQs, news page, list of doctors and experts and information on symptoms and withdrawal. Information specific to the UK, and other countries such as the USA, Canada, and Australia is highlighted. Also has details of support groups for benzodiazepine users, personal accounts and a drug index providing links to information on individual benzodiazepines.
Over-count National Drugs Information Agency
Tel: 01387 770404
Offers information, advice and support to addict or abusers of any drug or medication which can be purchased over the counter without prescription. Also for friends and families.
Tel: 01785 817 885
The society for the prevention of solvent and volatile substance abuse. Provides advice and a range of educational material
HIV and Hepatitis
195 New Kent Road
Tel: 020 7378 5480
On-line advice and information service for people affected by drug use, HIV and hepatitis. The site provides an online enquiry service, publications listing, and details of other organisations providing help and advice.
National AIDS Help line
Telephone: 0141 357 1774
24 hour confidential free help line. Free leaflets on HIV infection and AIDS
National Aids Manual
Freepost LON277, London SW4 7YY
Tel: 020 7627 3200
News, information, events and a searchable, international data- base of treatment centres and organisations.
Terrence Higgins Trust
Tel: 0207 831 0330
Buddying service, advice, information and counselling on the law, welfare, housing and insurance for people affected by HIV/AIDS.
This site is designed to give drug users and drug workers access to free information about making drug use - particularly injecting drug use - safer.
Action on Hepatitis C
A voluntary organisation based in the United Kingdom. 'Action on Hepatitis C' is made up a group of people who come from widely varied professional backgrounds but who all share a common vision and interest in raising the profile of hepatitis C and tackling this disease. The site contains information about Hepatitis C, a list of members and a links page.
The UK Hepatitis C Resource Centre (UKHCRC)
PO Box 31844, London SE11 4DT
Tel: 020 7735 7705
This site is dedicated to providing information to people living with hepatitis C, healthcare professionals, the general public and the media. It also aims to provide a peer perspective on personal experiences of HCV positive individuals regarding day-to-day living, treatment, alternative therapies, and support.
Tel: 0131 220 3404
An Edinburgh based group of young people, club goers and others committed to giving accurate credible information to young people about drugs and related issues. Online information includes sections on drugs and driving, women and drug use, and safer dancing guidelines.
24 hour helpline: 0207 403 0888
Supports teenagers who have been affected by someone else drinking usually a parent.
Special Needs and Drug Education
This site gives guidance on drug education for children and young people with learning difficulties. It is a comprehensive site and includes information on government, local and school policies, managing incidents, and relevant teaching.
Drug users groups
Substance Misuse Users Group
The first Gwent wide, Service User group.
SMUG is a user led group of individuals who have experienced or are experiencing drug and/or alcohol problems, and have been trained to help other individuals with similar problems. One of our main aims is to, monitor existing Service Providers, and making sure that Service Users are satisfied with the service been provided to them. And voicing any concerns that may arise. Our main objective is prevention of substance misuse taking hold of the younger generation, by educating them and their families, and by giving realistic presentations of how drugs/alcohol can ruin lives. For those who are experiencing substance misuse related problems, we support a harm reduction philosophy with the aim of this leading to eventual total abstinence and recovery. We ourselves are at various stages of recovery, so for all of our literature is based on experience. Through education we aim to help people achieve drug/alcohol free lives and for those who are using drugs/alcohol our aim again, through education is to show them how to live their lives causing the minimal amount of harm to themselves and loved ones.
Rhonndda Cynon Taff drug and alcohol users group
Produces a magazine for injecting drug users
The UK Harm Reduction Alliance (UKHRA)
The United Kingdom Harm Reduction Alliance UKHRA is a campaigning coalition of drug users, health and social care workers, criminal justice workers and educationalists that aims to put public health and human rights at the centre of drug treatment and service provision for drug users. (see also the International Harm Reduction Alliance on the international links page)
Drug Equality Alliance
The Drug Equality Alliance (DEA) is a UK based not for profit organisation whose purpose is to transform the "War on some people who use some Drugs" from its subjective historical and cultural roots into a rational and objective legal regulatory framework which secures equal rights and equal protection to all those who are concerned with dangerous or otherwise harmful drugs. Our mission is to use domestic and international legal jurisdictions to interrogate the law and its application to those who exercise property rights with respect to such drugs. We believe governments have failed to administer drug law in an evidence-based manner. This failure contributes to hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths and imprisonments each year. The Drug Equality Alliance seeks to remedy this.
Transform Drug Policy Foundation
Transform exists to promote sustainable health and wellbeing by bringing about a just, effective and humane system to regulate and control drugs at local, national and international levels. Raising the debate on the prohibition, legalisation and regulation of all drugs including heroin, cocaine and cannabis.
Up to date News on Drugs and Alcohol
Drugscope's News page
DrugScope is the UK's leading independent centre of expertise on drugs. Their aim is to inform policy development and reduce drug-related risk. They provide quality drug information, promote effective responses to drug taking, undertake research at local, national and international levels, advise on policy-making, encourage informed debate and speak for member organisations working on the ground.
Drink & Drug News
Covering news from the field, Drink & Drug News is a free magazine for substance misuse specialists and those in the wider health, social care and criminal justice fields who deal with drug and alcohol issues in the course of their work. The organisations, agencies, and information linked from
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