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Don't play Russian roulette with your life

With summer underway and upcoming festivals and celebrations, for some the chance to experiment with recreational drugs is tempting.

There has been a rise of drug related deaths and non-fatal overdoses in the UK, so it is important to remember that there are always risks when taking drugs.

With most drugs it is not always clear what ingredients the substances are made up of. As a result of the rise in new psychoactive substances and a variety of unknown substances being imported, it is becoming increasingly difficult to know exactly what you are buying. In fact, dealers often don’t know what they are selling.

Everyone reacts differently to drugs, you can never predict your reaction; and it may not be the same every time. Their use also affects your ability to make sound decisions, increasing danger in many situations.

Whilst highlighting the dangers is important, I also want to remind people that support is available and there will always be someone to talk to if you need help or advice. We have sadly experienced drug related deaths in the county this year, and we are working hard to prevent further tragedies.

Some of the below signs could be a signal that someone is taking drugs:

  • Sudden changes in mood and behaviour (erratic, irritable, moody, hyperactivity, restlessness, etc.)
  • Deterioration in personal appearance, health, and hygiene
  • Easily or constantly fatigued
  • Seretiveness and depression
  • Increased absenteeism from work or school
  • Loss of appetite
  • Stealing money or goods
  • Excessive spending or money-borrowing
  • Deterioration of long friendships and relationships

If you or someone you know would like advice about drugs, visit government website or call 0300 123 6600.

If you are concerned about reports of drug dealing in your area, you can tell us online.

Detective Chief Inspector Duncan Young 

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