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 111 4354
There are also offices in Orton and Bretton. See opening hours.
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.
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.
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.
Support and Useful Links
New drugs needle disposal boxes are being installed in locations across Peterborough to help crackdown on discarded drugs paraphernalia.
Peterborough City Council has been actively working alongside a number of organisations including drugs support group Aspire, Cambridgeshire Police and local campaigners ‘Needless Needles’ as part of a special task group to tackle the issue.
Last year the group was successful in bidding to the Office of the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner for ten boxes, which are designed to encourage people to safely dispose of needles, syringes and other drugs equipment.
The boxes, which are marked with stickers stating 'sharps disposal', have been installed in the following locations based on past data for needle find areas in the city.
Bourges Boulevard underpass near Post Office Close
Broadway Cemetery, two - one at each entrance
North Bank Road/Carr Road Under pass
Asda South Bank near litter bin
Wharf Road Cycle Path next to litter bin
Dickens Street on cycle path by gap to Community Centre
Morris Street on the cycle path (Wellington St End)
Councillor Irene Walsh, Peterborough City Council’s cabinet holder for communities, said: “Discarded needles are not an uncommon sight in many towns and cities in the UK. So this is not a problem unique to Peterborough, but we want to do everything within our power to protect the health and safety of the public.
“The task group have listened to concerns from residents and partner groups and are confident that the new needle boxes will make a positive difference. We would encourage users to make use of them and ask members of the public to continue to report any finds.”
To help make people aware of how to report needle finds and who they need to contact for this, the task group has also produced new reporting cards which list contact numbers.
The cards are being handed out to venues across the city including community groups, housing associations, doctor's surgeries, sports clubs and police stations.
The idea stems from a similar card produced by Ipswich Borough Council, which has helped raise awareness of discarded needles there. The task group spent time working with the council and paid a visit to Ipswich to see how the issue has been tackled there.
Councillor Walsh added: "Please look out for these cards and make others aware of them. We want to make as many people as possible aware of how to correctly report needle finds."
The task group has also worked with local pharmacies to deliver a needle exchange programme encouraging drug users to return needles and officers have visited 26 primary schools to talk to youngsters about the dangers of playing with discarded needles.
While residents are encouraged to report any needle finds to the council, people should never attempt to pick up any drugs paraphernalia that they find.
Anyone who finds discarded drugs equipment in Peterborough can report it online or by calling 01733 747474.