St Helens Young People's Drug and Alcohol Team (YPDAAT), provide young people and their families in St Helens with a range of interventions to help them to make informed choices around drug and alcohol use in order to achieve their full potential.
Despite what you might think, most young people choose not to use drugs or alcohol. Of those that do most young people will grow out of this without any issues.
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At YPDAAT we are dedicated to helping and supporting young people and their families. Our staff have a wide range of skills and knowledge, to find out more check out our staff profile in the related pages below.
The team have recently had a number of reports that young people are using Ketamine on a regular basis. They are stating to have significant health concerns linked to the use of Ketamine such as problems urinating and stomach pains.
Regular ketamine use can cause agitation, panic attacks, damage to short- and long-term memory, depression, if taken frequently.
If people continue to use ketamine they should take very small doses, clean their noses regularly.
They should avoid mixing with any other drugs, particularly depressant drugs like alcohol, benzodiazepines or opiates, you risk collapsing, passing out and/or seriously injuring yourself. You could also choke, especially if you vomit.
We have been supporting young people to access health services and would encourage any using Ketamine or having health issues to seek support from A&E or your GP.
Please see the link below for further information around Ketamine use:
If you are worried or need support around your drug use please contact the team.