Drugs & Alcohol

The Young Hackney Substance Misuse Service is open to anyone aged under 25. It’s free and confidential. We can give you advice and support if you’re worried about your own substance use, or if you’re worried that a friend or family member has a problem with drugs or alcohol.

If you, a friend or a family member is experiencing problems involving drugs and or alcohol or you’re thinking of quitting or cutting down we would like to help.

We aim to give you the facts about drugs and alcohol – the highs as well as the lows, which means you can make your own choices.

Remember: All drugs come with risk.

You can also contact us on:

Parents Forum

The Young Hackney Substance Misuse Service invites all parents and carers to sign up to our parents’ forum. Many young people in the borough are using vapes and may not be familiar with the harms associated with vaping.

The forum is a nonjudgemental space, and the perfect place for us to share our insights around dangerous substances, and evidence-based practice. Sessions take place every two months.


In Person

Stopping smoking

If you know of a young person who smokes and is ready to quit and would benefit from some advice or support, please contact us. We can provide young smokers (ages 12-18) support to quit smoking.

Let’s Speak About Drugs – Podcast

Our Substance Misuse Team have created a podcast series aiming to give you the facts about drugs and alcohol so you can make informed choices.

Each episode is an open and relaxed conversation with different special guests – expect to laugh, learn and get the answers to the questions you really want to know.

Listen below or on Spotify, YouTube, Apple Podcasts, or Google Podcasts.

Episode 1

This episode’s topic is basic drugs awareness, getting some of the facts from fiction, and harm minimisation to keep young adults safe.

Episode Transcript | MP3 Download

Episode 2

This episode’s topic is a specific category of drugs called a stimulant, or uppers, such as cocaine and MDMA.

Episode Transcript | MP3 Download

Episode 3

This episode’s topic is hallucinogenic drugs, or psychedelic drugs, such as LSD.

Episode Transcript | MP3 Download

Episode 4

This episode’s topic is drug dealing, and the myths surrounding it.

Episode Transcript | MP3 Download

For extra information and advice on drugs and drink, visit ‘Talk to Frank’, which provides honest information about the effects of drugs as well as offering support and advice for those who want it.


Talk to Frank

If you’re a professional and want to refer one of your clients to the YHSMS service, referral forms can be found here.