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People experiment with drugs for many different reasons. Many first try drugs out of curiosity, to have a good time, because friends are doing it, or in an effort to cope with problems that are causing stress, anxiety, or depression.

Drug Abuse Amongst Asian Women and Girls

Drug workers are now reporting that drug abuse amongst South Asian women and girls is also on the rise. The honour concept amongst the Asian culture prevent many people from talking about the drug problem. Some girls and women are using drugs to cope with abusive situations while others are specifically targeted to get them addicted so they can be controlled and abused.  For example, drugs use is linked to sexual exploitation in the following ways:
  • Many individuals who are under the influence of drugs are sexually assaulted, raped and abused.
  • Many individuals may become involved in the sex industry to finance their drug addiction.
  • Human and drug trafficking are often connected through threats of violence and promises of freedom.
Types of Drugs Commonly Abused
Virtually any substance whose ingestion can result in a euphoric ("high") feeling can be abused.  A few examples of drugs include: heroin, crack, speed, cocaine, cannabis and khat. However, a full list of substances of abuse can be found on the FRANK website.

Warning Signs
Drug abusers often try to conceal their symptoms and downplay their problem. If you�re worried that a friend or family member might be abusing drugs, look for the following warning signs:

Physical Signs
  • Bloodshot eyes, pupils larger or smaller than usual
  • Changes in appetite or sleep patterns. Sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • Deterioration of physical appearance, personal grooming habits
  • Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing
  • Tremors, slurred speech, or impaired coordination

Psychological Signs

  • Unexplained change in personality or attitude
  • Sudden mood swings, irritability, or angry outbursts
  • Periods of unusual hyperactivity, agitation, or giddiness
  • Lack of motivation; appears lethargic or �spaced out�
  • Appears fearful, anxious, or paranoid, with no reason

Behavioral Signs

  • Drop in attendance and performance at work or school
  • Unexplained need for money or financial problems. May borrow or steal to get it.
  • Engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviours
  • Sudden change in friends, favourite hangouts, and hobbies
  • Frequently getting into trouble (fights, accidents, illegal activities)

Getting Help
If you have a problem with drugs, there's a range of addiction services that can help. Some of these services are provided by the NHS, and some are specialist drug facilities run by charities and private organisations.

Find your nearest NHS drug addiction support services HERE

Find your information about local drug treatment services on the FRANK website
 
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Drug and Action Alcohol Programme
Phone: Provide support for users and carers in a number of local languages, support for individuals wishing to lead crime free lives
Email:info@daap.org.uk  
Website:www.daap.org.uk 
Address:KAS House, Unit K Middlesex Business Centre Bridge Road, Southall Middlesex UB2 4AB. 
Frank
Phone:0300 123 6600 (24/7) and TEXT 82111 A confidential helpline for anyone in the UK concerned about drug use.
Email: 
Website:www.talktofrank.com 
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Nafas
Phone:020 7377 0676 Specialist substance misuse agency supporting individuals affected by drug use. Culturally sensitive 12-week day care programmes for all residents (over the age of 18) and their families including: support, aftercare, specialist addiction counselling, advice and fast-track referrals to specialist services.
Email:info@nafas.org 
Website:www.nafas.org 
Address:Davenant Centre 179-181 Whitechapel Rd, London,E1 1DN. 
Rehab Recovery
Phone:0800 088 66 86  Provides addiction treatment and healthcare advice for a wide range of of different addiction and dependency problems. FREE 24/7 confidential helpline. However, these are likely to be private services that you will have to pay for. However, all services may not be free.
Email: 
Website:www.rehab-recovery.co.uk 
Address: 
Rehab4Addiction
Phone:0800 140 4690 (24/7)  Working closely with rehabilitation centres and outpatient clinics, they offer immediate access to quality rehabilitation centres across UK. However, these are likely to be private services that you will have to pay for.
Email:info@rehab4addiction.co.uk 
Website:www.rehab4addiction.co.uk 
Address:Astral House, 129 Middlesex st, London, E1 7JJ 
 
 
 
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