While there is alot of concern about illegal drugs, the most harm and the greatest risk to young people comes from using legal drugs such as alcohol, cigarettes and the inappropriate use of medicines, over-the-counter and/or prescription. People use many different kinds of drugs. These drugs may be legal or illegal, helpful or harmful. Every drug has side-effects and risks, but some drugs have more risks than others, especially illegal drugs.


Using drugs can become a problem depending on a number of factors:

  • What drug is used

  • Who is using the drug (especially their mood and personality)

  • Why they are using the drug

  • Where and How they are using the drug


Useful Contacts


Talk to a GP

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Drugs & Alcohol Information



Talk To Frank



Drugs Helpline

1800 459 459


Narcotics Anonymous



+353 (0)87 138 6120


Bandon Community Drugs Initiative

Community Worker +353 (0)86 825 121


Arbour House Treatment Services

021 496 8933 (Free counseling service)


Matt Talbot Adolescent Services

+353 (0)21 489 6400

Free counseling service


Kinsale Garda Station

+353 (0)21 477 2302


Tabor Lodge


+353 (0)21 488 7110