- There is continued evidence of the availability of illicit benzodiazepines in areas of the South East, North East and East Midlands.
- In late November, CGL issued a national alert about ‘black Xanax’ tablets linked to 2 deaths in an area of the North East and 3 hospitalisations in an area of the East Midlands. The tablets implicated were reportedly known as ‘Black Knights,’ and either black or blue. People using these tablets reported slurred speech, blurred vision and difficulties in breathing. One of the ingredients found in some of the tablets can cause increased heart rate and high blood pressure. These tablets may contain a potent illicit benzodiazepine analogue. Bars sold as ‘Xanax’ typically contain substances other than alprazolam and come in various colours.
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Compass have a designated NEET worker. Gemma works with individuals whose drug and alcohol use has impacted their education, employment or training. She works in partnership with other services to provide opportunities in this area for our young people.
As part of our harm reduction aim, compass have started to distribute naloxone to our young people and their families.
People should not take pills, powder or gas:
- They should take a small amount (perhaps a quarter or one small line or inhale small puff ) and wait for it to take effect before further use.
- Don’t use alone and look out for your friends.
- Avoid mixing drugs and using alcohol at the same time.
- It’s important to dispose of them where no-one else can get hurt by them: an amnesty bin or pharmacy (not down the toilet or in a rubbish bin).
About the service
A free, confidential substance misuse service for children and young people who need support around their own or another person’s drug or alcohol use. The service works with anyone between 5 and 25 years of age in Warwickshire.
Our caring and friendly health and wellbeing workers are available at a time that suits you and at a place where you feel comfortable.
Compass Stars (our hidden harm service)
Supporting children and young people who have been affected by another’s drug and alcohol use.
We offer age appropriate information, 1:1 support, workforce training, group work, health promotion, early intervention, whole family support where appropriate, safety planning and a multi agency approach.
Please find further details of our Compass Stars service here:
How the service can help you
Contact us if you need support:
- With your own or someone else’s drug or alcohol use
- Because you are affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use
How you can access the service
If you’re a young person, parent or professional and would like to refer yourself or an individual into the service, you can do so by using the online referral form below.
If you feel that you, or someone you know, would benefit from our support, you would like some more information about the service, or to talk to a member of the team before referring, you can get in touch anytime via:
- Our confidential call back request form
- ChatHealth confidential text messaging on 07507 331 525
- Telephone on 01788 578 227 to speak to one of our friendly team
Our office hours are Mon-Thurs 09:00 to 17:00 and Friday 09:00 to 16:30 or we will get back to you within one working day outside these hours.
Urgent Mental Health support – provided by Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust
For more information please see the leaflet below:
Meet the team
Hi I’m Stuart. My role takes overall responsibility for the management of CYPDAS Warwickshire, maintaining compliance of our commissioned services and ensuring young people receive the most effective, engaging service possible.
My name is Suz and I’m a health and wellbeing worker for Compass, based in North Warwickshire. I work with young people up to the age of 25, either with a substance misuse issue themselves, or affected in some way by another’s substance misuse. I am also the lead for sexual health and C-Card.
My name is Alastair and I’m a health and wellbeing worker for Compass, based in North Warwickshire. I work with young people up to the age of 25, either with a substance misuse issue themselves, or affected in some way by another’s substance misuse.
Hi, I'm Robyn. I am a health and wellbeing transitional worker for Compass.
My name is Abbie and my role within Compass is a health and wellbeing worker working with young people up to the age of 25.
My name is Helen Butler and I am the Health and Wellbeing worker for the Rugby area.
Hi, my names Karen and I am the Youth Justice Worker for compass in the North of the county, so I work with young people aged 10-25 years old who have come to the attention of the police and criminal justices system.
Hi, My name's Gemma. I support children and young people whose drug and alcohol use has impacted their education, employment or training.
Hi, My name is Megan and I am the engagement worker for Compass. I cover the whole of Warwickshire and I deliver drug awareness sessions in schools, colleges, youth groups etc.
I also deliver training to professionals.
Hi, My name is Chloe and I am the administrator for Compass young persons service. I respond to incoming calls and emails from external services and record data. I will go far and beyond to support the young people in our service.
Hi, my names Kim and I am the Youth Justice Worker for compass in the South of the county, I work with young people aged 10-25 years old who have come to the attention of the police and criminal justices system.
Help & support
For information about relevant health and wellbeing topics please expand the sections below.
I am aged under 11 years
I am aged 11-19 years (up to 25 years old with special educational needs)
Parents / Carers
I am a parent / carer
I am a professional