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What is Lean?

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Lean is a cocktail made from fizzy drinks and over-the counter liquid medicine. Catch 22 explains with a poster.

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Free posters and images

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Help save lives and promote safer drug taking by downloading these free social media images and posters available from HIT.

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What is ‘spice’?

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'Spice' refers to a group of drugs known as synthetic cannabinoids. This guide explains what they are and what happens when you take them.

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Not my child

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Leah Hayes died in Northallerton after experimenting with drugs. Not My Child tells her story and offers support for parents.

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What causes addiction?

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Author Johann Hari explains in just two minutes something that has been argued over for years. Why people get addicted.

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Detailed Drugs Guide

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Looking for all the details about drugs? Drug Science can provide all the answers – just search their info page.

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Addictive personality?

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Risk takers are more likely to have drink or drug problems. But is there such a thing as an addictive personality? The Conversation explores

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Why teach about drugs?

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Harm reduction isn’t without controversy. It Happens educator Zoe Shuttleworth explains why children need drug information.

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Help from Sesame Street

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Sesame Street has a range of videos and educational resources to help explain parental addiction to young children

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Mum drinks: my story

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Ceri Walker’s mum struggled with alcohol. She made a short, poetic film about her experiences.

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What to Say…

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What not to say. INPUD’s language guide helps you choose the right words when supporting someone who uses drugs.

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Harm Reduction

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Lesson Plan. Drug Science and the Exchange provide this PowerPoint for secondary school pupils on harm reduction.

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How Drugs Work

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Lesson Plan. Drug Science and the Exchange provide this PowerPoint for secondary school pupils on how drugs work.

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Young people. Who helps?

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The Go-To provides a mini marketplace of local and online services to help a young person’s mental wellbeing.

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Alcohol research

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8,974 people died in the UK from alcohol-specific causes in 2020 – almost a fifth more than in 2019. DrugWise lists alcohol research here

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Drug-health research

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4,859 deaths were related to drug poisoning in England and Wales in 2021. DrugWise lists drug-health research here.

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Bloodborne virus research

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Reported sharing and re-using of needles in the UK went up during the pandemic. DrugWise lists BBV research here.

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Get today’s drug news

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Want a summary of every news report, blog post and latest research emailed to you each day? Subscribe to DrugWise Daily – for free.

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Dark web explained

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You can buy drugs, guns, hitman and much else on the dark web – thinkuknow explains how, but this is not a video to share with children.

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Self-harm & suicidal pathway

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How to help a young person self-harming or feeling suicidal. North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children partnership has a pathway to follow.

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Operation Choice

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In North Yorkshire, 70% of under 18s arrested for drug possession are carrying cannabis. Op Choice helps them without criminalising them.

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Jargon Buster

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What’s the difference between ‘holding’ and ‘hustling?’ Be Aware has a drug slang and emoji guide.

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County lines & cuckooing

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Urban gangs exploit children and vulnerable adults in our area. Be Aware explains how, what to look for, and what to do about it.

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Children missing from home

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Be Aware explores why children run away and how to complete a return to home interview

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