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Drugs and alcohol

Many people are concerned about drug use and alcohol use in today’s society.

In Newcastle, the National Drugs Strategy is working to:

  • protect communities by tackling drug supply, drug-related crime and anti-social behaviour
  • prevent harm to children, young people and families affected by drug misuse
  • deliver new approaches to drug treatment and social re-integration
  • promote public awareness and community engagement

Saying that, there are still lots of problems with the use of drugs and alcohol; many of which are flagged up in the media on almost a daily basis.

If you feel affected by some of these problems, the following information may help.

If you are concerned about your or a loved one’s use of drugs or alcohol

If you are concerned about your own or a loved one’s use of drugs and alcohol these pages may help you.

If you find used drug equipment in a public place

If you find any used drug equipment such as needles or syringes left in a public place, such as the street or local park, you should report it to Your Local Services at Newcastle City Council.

If you have information about drug dealing

If you have information about drug dealing that may help the Police, or you suspect that drug dealing may be taking place, call Northumbria Police.

If you wish to remain anonymous you can report concerns confidentially to Crimestoppers provides non-judgemental information and advice about crime. You can send information about a crime anonymously using their website. It educates and empowers young people about crime, allowing them to feel Fearless when speaking up against crime.

If drugs or alcohol are causing a problem at home or in your neighbourhood

If you see signs of domestic abuse, contact NIDAS

If you are concerned about the use of drugs or alcohol in your neighbourhood, call Northumbria Police.

See Ways to report crime and community safety issues for more information.

Other Useful Organisations

  • NHS 111 is the new telephone service which has replaced NHS Direct. You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency.
  • NHS.UK  is a website providing health and medical advice, an online symptom checker and a facility for searching for services near you.
  • Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust provides NHS mental health, learning disability and specialist services across Newcastle.
  • PROPS North East are commissioned by Newcastle City Council to support families, carers, individuals and offer training.

Last updated: June 10, 2021

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