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Drugs and alcohol


Drinking in excess can lead to violence and other situations that you may find difficult or impossible to control. Statistics suggest that almost half of all violent crimes are committed while the offender is under the influence of alcohol.

How can you protect yourself?

If you're going on a night out, take a few simple measures before you leave home to help ensure you have a great night out get home safely:

  • Know how you’re are getting home (pre-book/pay for a taxi)

  • Ensure you are aware of train/bus times

  • Don’t walk home alone

  • Have with you a personal attack alarm

  • Always walk where the area is well-lit

  • Be subtle when handling your money

  • Don’t leave your drink unattended or with someone you don’t know

  • Remove yourself from confrontations.

Where can I get help or further information?

There is information on support and help with alcohol use on our directory please click here

Drink spiking

Hundreds of people are thought to be victims of drink spiking every year in the UK. This is when drugs or alcohol are added to someone’s drink without their knowledge. This is sometimes a ‘date rape drug’ may be used before a sexual assault is perpetrated. Alcohol can also be used to spike drinks.

How can you protect yourself?

Often a ‘spiked’ a drink will go undetected, as its unlikely you will smell or taste the difference. If you begin to feel a little odd or more intoxicated than you should be, seek assistance immediately ideally from someone known to you. The following steps may also help prevent drink spiking:

  • Don’t leave your drink unattended or with someone you don’t know, look after your friends drinks too.

  • Don't accept a drink from someone you don't know.

  • Consider sticking to bottled drinks and avoiding punch bowls or jugs of cocktails.

  • Don't give out too many personal details to someone you've just met, particularly your address.

  • If you suspect your drink has been tampered with, don't drink it – tell a trusted friend, relative, staff member and or the Police immediately.

  • Let someone know your plans for the night, who you are going out with and what time you expect to be home.

  • Know and plan your journey home (ensure you have money at the end of the night to get yourself home).

  • Leave expensive equipment at home you or anything that could be a target for thieves.

  • Some bars provide plastic stopper devices, such as lids to put on bottles, which can reduce the risk of your drink being spiked. However, these stoppers won't stop you consuming a drink that has been spiked with additional alcohol.

Where can I get help or further information?

If you need urgent help, call 999. Report it to the police as soon as you can. They will need to take blood and urine samples. Most drugs leave the body within 72 hours of being taken (the date rape drug GHB leaves the body within 12 hours), so it's important to be tested as soon as possible.


Most drugs are highly addictive and are a serious risk to our health. Drugs use usually begins as an experiment or because of curiosity.
Over time, a user may become dependent on the mental or physical effects of the drug. This leads to the user becoming tolerate to the drug and so needing more of the substance to get the same effects. Without help, a person with an illicit drug addiction will often put their health and safety in danger.
Drugs are rarely sold in pure form and are often mixed with unknown substances, including glass and concrete, however they can be mixed with more life threatening substances like Fentanyl.
Classification of drugs
Drugs are put into three categories, depending on how dangerous they are and the impact they have on communities. It’s important to note that drugs in all classes, are very dangerous and can be fatal.
The three categories are Class A, Class B and Class C:
  • Class A drugs are drugs that have the most harmful effects - these drugs include heroin, cocaine, ecstasy and LSD
  • Class B drugs include speed, cannabis, mephedrone and amphetamines
  • Class C drugs include ketamine, GHB, anabolic steroids and some tranquilizers
Drugs can increase accidental overdose or becoming addicted. They also have side-effects which include hallucinations, mental and emotional disorders, infections, sores, blood poisoning, and other illnesses.

Drugs and the law
Under the Misuse of Drugs Act, it is an offence to:
  • Unlawfully possess a controlled substance.
  • Possess a controlled substance with intent to supply it.
  • Supply or offer to supply a controlled drug.
  • Allow a property to be used by people taking drugs.

Where can I get help or further information?
In an emergency call 999. If you have concerns about drugs in your area, call the police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
There is information on support and help with drug use on our directory please click

Local Listings
Bedford Open Door 1. Bedford Open Door
Bedford Open Door
Bedford Open Door is a charity providing free and confidential counselling to young people experiencing mental health issues linked to trauma, adverse childhood experiences and complex, chaotic lifestyles, often relating to abuse, violence and addiction.
Change Ur Life 2. Change Ur Life
Change Ur Life
Established in 2020, Change Ur Life strongly believes that everyone deserves to live a life filled with happiness, contentment and security. Our team have personally worked in this field for several years, supporting a large number of victims and as a result, have gained a wealth of knowledge and experience. It is for this reason that we have set up services that support victims of domestic abuse in their own homes and the community, with our vision of expanding services to victims of all crimes. We support everyone over the age of 17 years old, no matter what their gender, race or beliefs are, as we strongly believe that no individual should be subject to suffering in silence, so offer a friendly and non-judgemental approach with the mission to make a difference.
Paws Protect 5. Paws Protect
Paws Protect
Domestic violence and pets can make for an unsafe situation, which is why we offer our Paws Protect cat fostering service. Through a network of cat fosterers, the service provides a retreat for pets of those going into a refuge until the owner has a safe place to live and they can be reunited.

All information between the cat owner and foster carer is kept confidential. Our fosterers do not know the identity or whereabouts of the cat owner and vice versa, ensuring complete anonymity.

While it is not possible for the owner to visit their cat while it is being fostered, the Paws Protect team visit the fosterer on a regular basis and provide monthly updates to the owner to give them peace of mind.

Paws Protect covers all the costs of fostering for domestic violence – including cat food, feeding bowls, beds, vaccinations etc so owners know their pet is receiving the best care.
ResoLUTiONs Luton 6. ResoLUTiONs Luton
ResoLUTiONs Luton
ResoLUTiONs Luton is a free and confidential drug and alcohol service for adults, young people and families.

We provide tailored support around alcohol and drug use. We also provide aftercare to support clients in their recovery.
Stepping Stones 7. Stepping Stones
Stepping Stones
Stepping Stones support victims of domestic abuse and other trauma, offering one to one, specialist group-based support and counselling. It aims to enable, support and inspire women and their children to live safer, happier lives and reach their full potential in life.
Supporting Victims of Crime
National Listings
Barnardo's Barnardo's
Welcome to Boloh, Barnardo’s COVID-19 helpline and webchat for those 11+

Call us on 0800 1512605 or chat to us online

Are you a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic child, young person, parent or carer, affected by Covid-19? You can speak to us about your worries, problems and stresses during this time, and we can provide emotional support, practical advice and signposting to other organisations who can provide further help. 

If you’re a professional, you can also contact us to discuss how to support a child or young person they are working with.
Crimestoppers Crimestoppers
Crimestoppers is an independent charity helping police locate criminals and solve crimes through anonymous reporting. The site also provides crime prevention advice for a number of crimes.
Frank Frank
Frank provides high-quality, impartial information on the effects and harm of drugs to anyone, whatever your age, along with advice and support if you, your children or someone they know is at risk of drug misuse.
Nacoa Nacoa
The National Association for Children of Alcoholics was set up to address the needs of children growing up in families where one or both parents suffer from alcoholism or a similar addictive problem.
Narcotics Anonymous Narcotics Anonymous
Narcotics Anonymous
Narcotics Anonymous is a society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. The members are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay “clean”, avoiding use of drugs.
Stonewall Housing Stonewall Housing
Stonewall Housing
We give advice about different housing related issues to hundreds of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) people every year. We understand what you, or your friends, might be experiencing. So if you need advice, contact us. You can phone us, or you can come along to one of our drop-in surgeries. Some of the housing issues we’ve helped LGBT+ people with include:

if you’re homeless or at risk of becoming homeless;
if your relationship with your family has broken down because of your sexual orientation or gender identity;
if you’ve been victimised or harassed;
if you need to escape from domestic abuse;
if you need advice about a dispute with your landlord;
if you need advice with your housing benefits.
The Coroners' Courts Support Service (CCSS) The Coroners' Courts Support Service (CCSS)
The Coroners' Courts Support Service (CCSS)
The Coroners’ Courts Support Service (CCSS) is
an independent charity founded in 2003. Trained
volunteers offer free, confidential, emotional support
and practical help to bereaved families, witnesses and
others attending an Inquest at some of the Coroners’
Courts in England. We can signpost people to other
appropriate organisations and prior to the Inquest
we can give you support and information via our
Telephone Helpline.
The Mix The Mix
The Mix
The Mix (formerly Get Connected) is a service designed for under 25s to support them with any issue they may be facing. After contacting and discussing the issue, the team can then put them in contact with relevant services.
There are no national support services for this in our directory

If you are unsure whether you have been a victim of crime, please talk to one of our advisors on 0800 0282 887