During the period 2013/14, our team of Community Safety Wardens have carried out 8,791 hours of patrols within the Caerphilly County Borough.
They have also visited a total of 1,458 ‘hotspot’ locations and attended a total of 166 community meetings.
Our CCTV operators monitor 150 cameras throughout the county borough 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Throughout the UK, drug abuse is a problem of rising proportions. It is of benefit to you and those you care about to know the facts about drugs, so that you are able to make more informed decisions and help others around you to do the same.
Below is a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) about drugs and drug abuse:
The Young Person's Specialist Substance Misuse Service (YPSSMS) is a service aimed at young people (under 18’s) with drug issues. This service provides assessment, advice and information to anyone who is concerned about their drug use.
For more information, call: 01633 436 893.
Alternatively, CRI Young Persons Service offers counselling and educational information to young people who are concerned about their own or someone else’s drug or alcohol use.
For further information, call: (029) 2080 7625 or (07557) 059663
Drug Aid Caerphilly provide a service to people aged 18 and over, with a substance misuse problem.
For more information call (029) 2086 8675.
If you have a life threatening emergency – dial 999 and ask for the ambulance service.
No drugs are “safe” to take; however if do you plan to take drugs, the following advice will help to keep you safer:
If you plan to inject:
If you plan to use other substances:
Symptoms of a drug overdose may include, but are not exclusively:
If you suspect that someone has taken an overdose, call 999 immediately.
If you find an unconscious person who is still breathing and has a pulse then follow these instructions to place them in the recovery position:
Tilt the patient's head back, then:
Move the patient's nearest arm, as though they are stopping traffic
Lift the patient's furthest knee, and bring their furthest hand to the near side of their face
Using the patient's knee as a lever, pull them onto your knees
Adjust the patient's position, as shown.
Then immediately call 999 for assistance.
When an unconscious person is laying face upwards, there are two main risk factors that can lead to suffocation:
The tongue can fall to the back of the throat, due to loss of muscular control.
The back of the tongue can then obstruct the airway.
Fluids, possibly blood but particularly vomit, can collect at the back of the throat, causing the person to drown. When a person is laying face up, the oesophagus tilts down slightly from the stomach towards the throat. This, combined with a loss of muscular control, can lead to the stomach contents flowing into the throat. As well as obstructing the airway, fluid that collects in the back of the throat can also then flow down into the lungs.
Many fatalities occur where the original injury or illness that caused unconsciousness is not itself inherently fatal, but where the unconscious person suffocates for one of the above reasons.
This is a common cause of death following unconsciousness due to excessive consumption/use of drugs or alcohol.
Discarded hypodermic needles and syringes can be a danger to everyone because of the risk of injury and infection to the finder. They may be found in many places, but most commonly tend to be found in parks, recreational areas and vacant properties.
Do not put yourself or others at risk from discarded needles and syringes. If you find a needle or syringe, please contact: 01443 873727.
By contacting the Public Services department, you will ensure that the disposal of any discarded needles or syringes are dealt with in the correct manner. The council employ staff that are trained how to safely remove and dispose of discarded sharps using the appropriate safety equipment.
Reports of discarded needles and syringes will always be treated as urgent.
These actions will put yourself and other people at risk.
There are many myths and misconceptions about drugs and substance misuse. This section will ultimately aim to dispel the myths and provide you with accurate information on drugs, their effects and their risks.
If you have any questions about drugs and their effects that aren’t answered below or in another section of this website, please contact the Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership.
Whereas crime can feed the habits of some drug users, in no way can we generalise to say that all drug takers commit other crimes.
No, and neither are all young people responsible for anti social behaviour, graffiti, criminal damage etc.
No, many drug takers can be one-time or casual users.
Currently, Cannabis is an illegal Class C drug in the UK.