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The grim reality of drugs

This film tells the story of a North Yorkshire teenager who got caught up in drug dealing. It is based on real events. We hope it helps you to understand both the dangers and the effect on the rest of your life, of getting involved in drug dealing.

If you are in danger, always call the police on 999.

If you are concerned that a friend or a young person you care for is being exploited or is involved in drug dealing, please call the police on 101.

If you don’t want to speak to the police, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Or report information to Crimestoppers online anonymously

Visit the Fearless website – it provides advice and information for young people.

For information about drugs visit the FRANK website

If you are concerned about a child or young person, you can also contact the NSPCC:

  • Call the helpline 0808 800 5000
  • Report a concern online
  • Email Help@nspcc.org
  • If you are under 18, contact Childline on 0800 1111

The signs to look our for include

Persistently going missing from school or home and / or being found out-of-area;
  • Unexplained money, clothes, or mobile phones
  • Excessive receipt of texts / phone calls
  • Relationships with controlling / older individuals or groups
  • Leaving home / care without explanation
  • Suspicion of physical assault / unexplained injuries
  • Carrying weapons
  • Significant decline in school results / performance
  • Gang association or isolation from peers or social networks
  • Self-harm or significant changes in emotional well-being

Advice from the NHS – Talking to your child about drugs

North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board