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Warwickshire (CYPDAS)

Seasonal information

Benzodiazepines 

  • 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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NEET

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.

NALOXONE

As part of our harm reduction aim, compass have started to distribute naloxone to our young people and their families.

Harm reduction

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

Stuart

Service Manager

Suz

Health and Wellbeing Worker

Alastair

Health and Wellbeing Worker

Robyn

Transitional Worker

Abbie

Health and wellbeing worker

Helen

Health and Wellbeing worker

Karen

Youth Justice Worker

Gemma

Drug and Alcohol NEET worker

Megan

Engagement worker

Chloe

Administrator

Kim

Youth Justice Worker

Help & support

For information about relevant health and wellbeing topics please expand the sections below.

Children

I am aged under 11 years

Young People

I am aged 11-19 years (up to 25 years old with special educational needs)

Parents / Carers

I am a parent / carer

Professionals

I am a professional

Callback request

    To request a call back regarding a new referral to the service, please complete the form below.

    Are you a service user, professional or a carer? Please select one of the following:*
    Service UserProfessionalParent or CarerOther