Drug and solvent abuse-where to get help and information ( 10.1.2. )




Drug and solvent abuse - where to get help and information

Extent: Jersey
Updated: 20 March 2017


Words you may need to know

Legal responsibility - something you have to do or not do under the law

Illegal - against the law

Confidential - private, kept to only those who need to know or given with permission

Psychology - the study of the human mind, mental state and behaviour

Referral -  sending someone, or being sent by someone, by another person

Anonymous - unknown, without a name

Drug abuse - a parent's legal responsibility

Allowing anyone on your premises to produce or to supply illegal drugs to another person is itself an offence. If you know that your child is sharing illegal drugs with a friend in your home or premises, but do nothing to stop it, then you have committed an offence.

If you as a parent or any other member of the public finds drugs, they must either hand them into the police or destroy them to stop another person committing an offence with a drug.

A parent does not have to tell the police if they know or suspect their child(ren) or anyone else is taking or supplying illegal drugs.

Drug offences - classes of drugs and penalties under the Misuse of Drugs (Jersey) Law 1978, as amended

These are some of the most common drugs which are misused, for a complete list see Schedule 2 of the Law which can be viewed at :





Heroin, Methadone
Opium, Cocaine, Crack
Cannabis Oil
Ecstasy (MDMA)
Processed Magic Mushrooms
Any class B drug which is injected

Amphetamines (Speed)
Cannabis (plus herbal) Resin
Synthetic cannabinoids(Spice)
Mephedrone (similar)


Ethylphenidate (and similar)

Mild Amphetamines
DF 118 (Painkillers)



The current maximum penalties are;






7 years, a fine, or both

5 years, a fine, or both

2 years, a fine, or both


Life, a fine or both

14 years, a fine, or both

5 years, a fine, or both


Life, a fine or both

14 years, a fine or both

5 years, a fine or both

Where to get help and advice

Alcohol and Drugs Service on 445000.

This is a free and confidential service than can offer help and support for people who want to reduce or stop alcohol and/or drug use. This includes opiate substitution treatment (subutex and methadone) and detoxes. There are trained and experienced staff to help and advise people on their alcohol or drug use and provide psychosocial support. It is made up of a team of people with backgrounds in psychiatry, nursing, psychology, counselling and social work.

The Alcohol and Drug Service also offer a free needle exchange service with brief advice on harm reduction on recreational and performance enhancing drugs. Needle exchange staff can also provide quick and discrete blood borne virus and chlamydia testing. This is part of a drop-in service for which no appointment is necessary.

Within the Alcohol & Drug Service there is also the Alcohol Pathway Team which is specifically for individuals with alcohol problems. The Alcohol Pathway Team is made up of specialist alcohol nurses and people also have the option of being seen at Eagle House or certain GP clinics.

People usually link up with a key worker and meet on a regular one to one basis. There is also the option of group work for a 6 week Relapse Prevention course and a Maintenance Problem Solving Group for people who no longer alcohol or drugs and want to remain substance free.

The Alcohol & Drug Service also have Alcohol Liason Nurses who attend the General Hospital and Arrest Referral Workers who attend police custody to attend Police custody each morning to speak with anyone who may have been arrested. Both roles can conduct brief assessments, offer advice and support as well as refer you on to the Alcohol & Drug Service if required. 

Referral is open, you can either contact the service directly over the phone or in person or  your GP or another health professional can refer you.

The Alcohol & Drug Service is based at Gloucester Lodge, Stopford Road. Hours are from 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday generally closing 1-2pm for lunch. On Wednesday there is a late clinic open until 7pm and on Thursdays the service is open throughout lunch although limited staff are on duty. An answerphone is available at all other times.

Narcotics Anonymous Freephone 0800 735 1860.

This is a world-wide organisation of recovering drug addicts using a twelve-step approach to recovery whose main purpose is to help any individual to stop using drugs. It is a self supporting, non profit making fellowship. Everyone involved in NA has had a drug problem of one sort or another and the only requirement for membership is the desire to stop using mood altering chemicals. They are not interested in what substance is being used, only in you wanting to get well. They do not give information on drugs, how to get them or their effects.

 Silkworth Lodge

See 10.1.1.L1 

Reporting possible smuggling or other drug information

If you notice anything unusual or if you know anything that might help Jersey Customs & Immigration in their fight against drug smuggling, you can now pass this information directly to specially trained officers. The information will be treated in the strictest confidence and you can chose to remain anonymous if you wish. You might help catch a drug smuggler and there may be a reward. Please call the Customs & Immigration Freephone 08007355555 anytime.

There is a national Freephone telephone number which automatically connects up with Police Headquarters in Jersey. This is the CRIMESTOPPERS number which is 0800 555 111 or e-mail:

The information line is intended to be completely confidential. If there is a possible reward to be claimed you will be given a reference number to quote so as to keep your anonymity.

Information can be given to Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or filling out a secure online ‘Giving information form’.

Additional information for parents