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If you are worried that a friend, work colleague or family member is abusing drugs please get in touch with Cannabis Skunk Sense (CanSS Ltd)

These are some signs you may want to look out for:

  • Hostile and uncooperative behaviour towards you or other family members or friends
  • Withdrawn, depressed and disinterested in the family
  • Breakdown of relationships and friendships
  • Making a new group of friends, no longer interested in school or school work. college or university
  • Lack of concentration, motivation and a drop in performance at school, college or university
  • No longer interested in sport, games or previous hobbies and pastimes
  • A noticeable change in their sleeping patterns and eating habits
  • Lack of interest in personal hygiene
  • Eyes are red rimmed, or a runny nose with no evidence of a cold
  • Money disappearing from your purse or from the house
  • Denial of wrong doing
  • Irrational behaviour

More specific clues to look out for:

  • Pipes
  • Butane lighters
  • Roll your own cigarette papers
  • Homemade pipes and bongs that use water as a filter and which are made from plastic drinks containers

Or read some of the articles that help you talk to your kids about drugs.

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"I destroy homes, tear families apart - take your children, and that's just the start. I'm more costly than diamonds, more costly than gold - the sorrow I bring is a sight to behold. And if you need me, remember I'm easily found. I live all around you, in schools and in town. I live with the rich, I live with the poor, I live down the street, and maybe next door. My power is awesome - try me you'll see. But if you do, you may never break free. Just try me once and I might let you go, But try me twice, and I'll own your soul. When I possess you, you'll steal and you'll lie. You'll do what you have to, just to get high. The crimes you'll commit, for my narcotic charms, Will be worth the pleasure you'll feel in your arms. You'll lie to your mother; you'll steal from your dad. When you see their tears, you should feel sad. But you'll forget your morals and how you were raised. I'll be your conscience, I'll teach you my ways. I take kids from parents, and parents from kids, I turn people from God, and separate from friends. I'll take everything from you, your looks and your pride, I'll be with you always, right by your side. You'll give up everything - your family, your home, Your friends, your money, then you'll be alone. I'll take and I'll take, till you have no more to give. When I'm finished with you you'll be lucky to live. If you try me be warned this is no game. If given the chance, I'll drive you insane. I'll ravish your body, I'll control your mind. I'll own you completely; your soul will be mine. The nightmares I'll give you while lying in bed. The voices you'll hear from inside your head. The sweats, the shakes, the visions you'll see. I want you to know, these are all gifts from me. But then it's too late, and you'll know in your heart, That you are mine, and we shall not part. You'll regret that you tried me, they always do. But you came to me, not I to you. You knew this would happen. Many times you were told, but you challenged my power, and chose to be bold. You could have said no, and just walked away. If you could live that day over, now what would you say? I'll be your master; you will be my slave. I'll even go with you, when you go to your grave. Now that you have met me, what will you do? Will you try me or not? Its all up to you. I can bring you more misery than words can tell. Come take my hand, let me lead you to hell." Signed DRUGS End Quote


Sir, The treatment for children with mental health problems was well covered in your reports. However guides and manifestos do not address the causes. More and more studies are showing links between cannabis and mental disorders.It would be useful to record in how many cases of mental illness in children cannabis was a factor. Nigel price, Lisvane Cardiff. End Quote

Nigel Price

It’s brilliant. Beautifully produced easy to read and with a content that is of immeasurable value to society. It is an outstanding and considered presentation on the effects of this most treacherous and addictive drug....and where to find help. Congratulations and thank you.. End Quote

Grainne Kenny Hon. President EURAD (European Action on Drug Policy)

Everyone does cannabis, so you think it’s safe - even safer than drinking they said. But it’s not. The change in my son in just a few months was terrible, but I didn't know what to do - he wouldn’t listen and became very violent... End Quote