C - D

Cannabis / Cocaine / Diclazepam

Street Aware does not advocate the use of substances.
The information below is only to illustrate the dangers of drug use.

DRUG: Cannabis

AKA: resin, weed, skunk, puff, dope, ganj, marijuana, hemp, resin, hash

FROM: Either imported from abroad or can be grown at home

TAKEN: Can be smoked in pipes, bongs or spliffs. Also eaten and drunk

LASTS: If smoked 1-2hr, longer if eaten: 3-5hrs

WHAT HAPPENS? You may experience feelings of relaxation, altered perception and mild euphoria. However cannabis can also cause paranoia, panic attacks and vomiting.

DANGERS: Weight gain due to ‘munchies’, lung damage from smoking, paranoia and anxiety from heavy use. lethargy and addiction

COST: £10 – per bag

HARM REDUCTION: Don’t smoke cannabis every day, if you can’t stop reduce amount smoked each day. Don’t mix cannabis with other substances including alcohol. If suffering from mental health problems; avoid use or seek help if you feel unwell. Ensure you don’t use alone and are with company that you trust in case of any unwanted side effects. Always keep a designated safe person who is aware of substances people are taking. Binges of substances can be dangerous so it is important to ensure that you rest your body (you only have one) and keep healthy during your ‘rest’ periods from substances.

 

DRUG: Cocaine

AKA: Cocaine, charlie, coke, Crack: rock, white, stones

FROM: Crack is made from Cocaine. Cocaine is processed from coca plant and imported

TAKEN: Cocaine can be snorted or rubbed on gums, occasionally it is injected. Crack cocaine is generally smoked but can be swallowed or injected

LASTS: If smoked, around 10 minutes but if snorted, around 1hour

WHAT HAPPENS? You may feel alert and energetic, with more confidence and enhanced ego. Cocaine however can reduce the appetite of an individual and cause extreme paranoia or aggression

DANGERS: Snorting cocaine can cause nasal damage, effect the heart and lungs, result in weight loss and poor skin. Longer term abuse can create addiction, depression due to ‘comedown’ and paranoia

COST: £40-80gm Crack: £10/rock

HARM REDUCTION: Never mix substances together especially with alcohol, forms cocoethylene and increases damage to liver. Ensure you don’t use alone and are with company that you trust in case of any unwanted side effects. Always keep a designated safe person who is aware of substances people are taking. Binges of substances can be dangerous so it is important to ensure that you rest your body (you only have one) and keep healthy during your ‘rest’ periods from substances. Be careful of using these substances if you are prone to mental health problems, in a low mood, feeling anxious, depressed or are unwell physically. Avoid using substances in dangerous areas as many can reduce the pain threshold, so you could injure yourself and not feel or realise it! Be selfish with your paraphernalia, including straws or needles, as sharing may spread disease such a hepatitis C. If injecting, ensure to attend a needle exchange and adopt safer injecting techniques.

 

DRUG: Diclazepam

AKA: 7-chloro-5-(2-chlorophenyl)-1-methyl-1,3-dihydro-2H-1,4-benzodiazepin-2-one

FROM: Made in labs. Benzodiazepine analogue similar to Diazepam (Valium)

TAKEN: Swallowed

LASTS: Approx. 8 hours

WHAT HAPPENS? You may experience Mild euphoria, disinhibited, anxiolytic, sedative, hypnotic but also feel drowsy, experience loss of consciousness, amnesia and feelings of depression

DANGERS: Unconsciousness, coma, death, physical addiction and life threatening benzodiazepine withdrawal

COST: £5-£14 for 10 pills

HARM REDUCTION: Risk of Mental Health problems: Avoid if prone to mental health problems as physical addiction occurs with longer periods of use, Don’t use to self-medicate if feeling anxious or depressed. While Intoxicated: You are more likely to injure yourself, do not drive and avoid alcohol as this will increase the effects of both the drug and alcohol increasing chances of overdose or loss of consciousness. Don’t mix Diclazepam with other drugs, especially stimulants such as amphetamine or MPA, the opposing effects of both drugs can put the heart under a lot of strain, If using to come down from stimulants try to wait till the stimulant effects is really wearing off before using. Avoid using substances in dangerous areas as many can reduce the pain threshold, so you could injure yourself and not feel or realise it!