Healthy Peterborough


Support & Useful Links - Drugs

Support for Recovery

If you or somebody you know is struggling with substance misuse and wish to begin or continue a recovery journey our local support and recovery organisation is CGL Aspire.

Address: 102-104 Bridge Street, Peterborough, PE1 1DY
Telephone: 01733 895624 / 0800 1114354
Fax: 01733 349221

A further hub in Bretton will open in mid-May.The service will also have a base in Orton, at Unit 26 Herlington Centre, Orton Malbourne, Peterborough, PE2 5PW.  This will be open from 4th April.

Talk to your GP

A good place to start is to visit your GP. Your GP can discuss your concerns with you, assess the nature of your problems and help you choose the most appropriate treatment. Your GP might offer to treat you or might refer you to your local specialist drug service.

Many drug treatment services accept self-referrals so, if you're not comfortable talking to your GP, you might be able to approach your local drug treatment service directly.


Health advice

Useful Links

The following links provide information about the harms of drugs and the support available.




The Safer Peterborough Partnership                                               

The Safer Peterborough Partnership is the body responsible for delivering the National Drug strategy at a local level.

Our three year plan is an overarching strategy looking at the key themes from the national drug strategies.

The three key themes from these are:

  • Reducing Demand
    Creating an environment where the vast majority of people who have never taken drugs continue to remain substance free and making it easier for those that do use illicit substances to stop.

  • Restricting Supply
    By robust national and local enforcement, we must make Peterborough unattractive destination to those dealing in drugs.

  • Building Recovery in Communities
    We will ensure those people that want to take the necessary steps to tackle their dependency have the service and support in place to ensure recovery is achievable.

Overarching aims are:

  • Reduce illicit and other harmful drug use.
  • Increase the numbers recovering from their dependence.

Using the three key themes and the two overarching aims as our base the partnership has developed a strategy which aims to tackle a vast number of local issues related to drugs.



Be safe, be in the know

All drugs carry risks.

Mixing drugs, especially with alcohol, increases these risks. For information on individual drugs visit the Talk to Frank website.

1. Cannabis (hash, weed, grass, skunk, marijuana)

Cannabis is a calming drug that also alters perceptions. It's seen as "natural" because it's made from the cannabis plant, but that doesn't mean it's safe. Cannabis can make you feel relaxed and happy, but sometimes makes people feel lethargic, very anxious and paranoid, and even psychotic.

It is possible to become psychologically dependent on cannabis. And some people do experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking it.

2. Cocaine (powder cocaine, coke, crack)

Powder cocaine (coke) and crack are types of cocaine, and are powerful stimulants. Crack can be smoked, and powder cocaine can be snorted in lines. Both cocaine powder and crack can also be prepared for injecting.                             

If you take cocaine, it's possible to die of an overdose from over stimulating the heart and nervous system, which can lead to a heart attack. It can be more risky if mixed with alcohol.

Cocaine is highly addictive and can cause a very strong psychological dependence.

3. Ecstasy (MDMA, pills, crystal, E)

Ecstasy is a "psychedelic" stimulant drug usually sold as tablets, but it's sometimes dabbed on to gums or snorted in its powder form. It's also known as MDMA or "crystal".

Long-term use has been linked with memory problems, depression and anxiety. Ecstasy use affects the body's temperature control and can lead to dangerous overheating and dehydration.

Ecstasy can be addictive, as users can develop a psychological dependence on this drug. It is also possible to build up a tolerance to the drug and need to take more and more to get the same effect.

4. Amphetamine (speed, whizz)

Speed is the street name for drugs based on amphetamine, and is a stimulant drug. It's usually an off-white or pink powder that's either dabbed on to gums, snorted or swallowed in paper.

Taking speed can be dangerous for the heart, as it can cause high blood pressure and heart attacks. Injecting speed is particularly dangerous, as death can occur from overdose. Any sharing of injecting equipment adds the risk of contracting hepatitis C and HIV. 

5. Heroin

Heroin is a drug made from morphine, which is extracted from the opium poppy. ‘Street’ heroin often sold as 'brown' is highly addictive and people can quickly get hooked.

Injecting heroin and sharing injecting equipment can be very risky, as it increases the risk of overdose and contracting or spreading a virus, such as HIV or hepatitis C. There is also the risk that veins may be damaged and that an abscess or blood clot may develop.



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