Drug and Alcohol

Drug and Alcohol Information for Young People

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The ADP has worked with Young People from a local secondary school to find out what alcohol and drug information they would find helpful. The information on this young person’s section of the web site has been developed in partnership with this group of young people. 

There are many helpful resources online which provide information about  drugs and alcohol. This article provides a selection of sites that will give you information -most of which is designed to answer questions about issues that are important to young people.


What is Ecstasy: Ecstasy is what is known as a Class A Drug. The chemical name for Ecstasy is MDMA. 

Under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, illegal drugs are placed into one of 3 classes - A, B or C. This is broadly based on the harms they cause either to the user or to society when they are misused.

Class A Drugs include: Ecstasy (MDMA), Heroin (diamorphine), Cocaine (including crack) and Methadone.

The class into which a drug is placed affects the maximum penalty for an offence involving the drug. For example, Class A drugs attract the most severe penalty as they are considered likely to cause the most serious harm.

Drugs controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act are illegal to have, produce, give away or sell.


A big problem with ecstasy is that it’s rarely pure. Sometimes, there is no MDMA at all. Sometimes, it contains other drugs, like which can be fatal. Regardless of what it looks like and what it is called, you can’t be sure what’s in a pill or a powder and you can’t predict how you’ll react.

Some ecstasy pills are more powerful than others and could make you seriously ill, and some could be lethal. You can never be sure what’s in a pill – even if someone tells you what’s in it, they might be wrong – and you don’t know how you will react to a particular drug or particular dose.

Everyone is different and ecstasy can affect people in different ways.

If you have taken ecstasy, take regular breaks from activities like dancing, to cool down. Keep hydrated by sipping no more than a pint of water or non-alcoholic drink every hour.

If you've taken something and start to feel unwell, take time out to look after yourself and ask for help if you need it. If the problem doesn't improve or is getting worse, you should seek medical help. 

If you want to talk to FRANK in confidence then you can call the helpline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0300 123 6600 or you can chat online between 2-6pm every day.

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Services to support Young People in Inverclyde

Young Person’s Alcohol Team - Based at the Wellpark Centre, Greenock

This service is dedicated to tackling Alcohol problems amongst young people up to the age of 26 years. It provides an extensive prevention and education programmes in both primary and secondary schools, counselling services and engages with organisations that provide a service to young people.

Youth Support Drug Services

Youth support Drug services are provided within Inverclyde Health and Social Care Partnership Children and Families Team in Hector McNeil House and Princes Street House. The service provides support to young people aged 8-18 years. We are a Tier 3 service, providing assessment, individual and family support, advice and guidance and programmed work.

Young people and their parents or carers can contact Receiving Services.

Referrals can be made by contacting the team on the details below.

Inverclyde HSCP Headquarters: 
Hector McNeil House
7-8 Clyde Square
Greenock PA15 1NB 
Telephone 01475 715 365


Inverclyde HSCP 
Princes Street House, 
19-29 Princes Street, 
Port Glasgow, PA14 5JH
01475 715 270

I-Youth Zone

I-Youth Zone provides a safe place for young people to participate in a range of activities, gain access to advice and support and encourages them to become actively involved in their communities. Young people aged 12+ can meet friends, access computers/internet, make arts and crafts, participate in team activities, play games and have access to trained youth work staff. It also has a state of the art music room equipped with guitars, drum pads & DJ equipment for music workshops. The project also provides a range of information on various issues such as alcohol and drugs, sexual health, mental health and bullying.

There are currently three I-Youth Zone's based in Greenock, Gourock and Port Glasgow.

Please click on the links below for opening times:

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I-Youth Zone Greenock

I-Youth Zone Gourock

I-Youth Zone Port Glasgow

For further information, please contact Youth Work Services on 01475 715450 or e-mail: CLD.Admin@inverclyde.gov.uk

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