Drugs - what you can do
If you are wondering whether your drug use is becoming a problem or are worried about someone else please take our drug self-test to see how you (or they) are doing.
If you are taking drugs or thinking about taking drugs make sure you:
- make your own decisions; don't let others make them for you or pressure you
- as a young person, your brain and body are still developing. Use of any drugs or alcohol can harm this development
- remember everyone is different, so the effects will be different. Just because friends say it’s good does not mean it will be for you! The effects depend on state of mind, physical health and build, as well as your brain and body development
- know what you are taking, do some research first
- understand that mixing drugs (poly-drug use), and mixing drugs with alcohol or prescribed / over the counter medication, is especially dangerous
- be aware that just because something is legal, doesn't mean it's safe
- know where to get help
Drugs meter app
Drugs meter gives rapid, objective and useful feedback on your use of drugs and helps you to think about your use and compare yourself to other people. It also offers simple tools to reduce the risk of harms related to drug use and can flag up when use might be causing problems.
Terrence Higgins Trust Friday Monday campaign
Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) Brighton are running a campaign to raise awareness and provide advice and information to men who have sex with men regarding using alcohol and / or drugs in a sexualised context.
The campaign encourages MSM, who are affected by sexualised drug or alcohol use, to look after their sexual health and ensure that they are protecting themselves, as well as their sexual partners, against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV.
The local campaign offers resources, information and support so men can maintain good sexual health.
- ‘Big Weekend? Blue Monday?' (sexualised drug use) (PDF 1MB)
- ‘Big Night Out? Blurred Memory?’ (sexualised alcohol use) (PDF 587KB)
Both strands offer advice, information and support to MSM in Brighton & Hove who may be worried about their relationship with sex when used in conjunction with drugs and/or alcohol and the associated sexual risks.
To download the resources, please see below:
- Alcohol Poster (PDF 587 KB)
- Alcohol Postcard (PDF 563KB)
- Alcohol Mini Brochure (PDF 532 KB)
- Drugs Poster (PDF 1MB)
- Drugs Mini Brochure (PDF 274 KB)
- GBL Postcard (PDF 400KB)
- Mephedrone Postcard (PDF 418 KB)
- Crystal Meth Postcard (PDF 430KB)