Drugs - the key facts

Physical and mental health harms from alcohol and drug use vary depending on the types of drugs used, the frequency of use and the setting in which they are taken.  

Drug misuse can contribute to a wide range of health problems, including:

  • cancer
  • cardiovascular disease
  • liver disease
  • respiratory disease
  • a range of mental health conditions, including depression and anxiety

Alcohol and drugs not only impact an individual’s health and wellbeing but often affect their family, friends and communities. Those most vulnerable to problematic drug use, especially crack cocaine and heroin use, are more likely to live in deprived areas, be out of work, suffer from mental ill health or live in poor housing. 

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What we are doing about drug misuse

We are committed to reducing the harm caused by drugs and believe everyone has potential to achieve full recovery.

Haringey residents can access a full range of services: from advice and information through to structured drug treatment programmes. Support is also available to families and carers affected by drug misuse and to the children of those with drug problems. There are specific programmes commissioned to reduce drug related crime and specific education, employment and training services along with access to supported housing.

We work closely with different agencies to tackle harms from drug and alcohol use including the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), London Probation, Job Centre Plus, local GPs, Office for Health Improvement and Disparities and many other statutory and voluntary organisations.

For advice around safe drinking levels please go to Take The Test — DrinkCoach (external link)

Time Credits

Haringey drug service users are now able to offer up their time volunteering - enabling them to earn and spend 'Time Credits'.  Time Credits support people to build up their recovery capital by meeting new people, developing new interests and becoming more active and confident in our local community. We have developed, in partnership with St Mungo's Broadway, Time Credits that can be spent locally on things like coffee mornings, theatre outings and leisure activities.

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Services available to help you with addiction issues 

A range of free and confidential support and treatment services are available to Haringey residents. Support is also available for those who are affected by a friend’s, partner’s, or family member’s drug use. 


A local community drug and alcohol service set up by ex-drug users. They run support groups, a café, one to one advice, support to carers and other activities across Haringey to help people overcome problematic drug use.

BUBIC also run group support sessions Wednesday and Friday evenings 6-10pm at Mulberry Junction. You can find us at 332 High Road in Tottenham, N15 4BN. 

9 Bruce Grove
N17 6RA
Tel: 020 8808 6550
Email: info@bubic.org.uk
Web: BUBIC website (external link)

HAGA Alcohol Service 

  • Assessment, keywork, recovery planning, mutual aid and peer support 
  • Counselling and therapeutic sessions  
  • Brief treatment in GP clinics 
  • Groupwork 
  • Supported detoxification treatments (community and residential) 
  • Polish Speaking Service  
  • Help, support and interventions for those affected by domestic abuse  

590 Seven Sisters Road
N15 6HR
Tel: 020 8800 6999
Web: Human Kind website (external link)

The Grove Drug Service

  • Assessment, keywork, recovery planning, mutual aid and peer support
  • Counselling and other “talking therapies”
  • Groupwork
  • Criminal justice interventions
  • Substitute Prescribing
  • Assessment for detoxification and rehabilitation treatment
  • Employment, training, benefits and welfare support

9 Bruce Grove
N17 6RA
Tel: 020 8885 6195/020 8365 9032
Email: beh-tr.thegroveservice@nhs.net
Web: Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust website (external link)

Haringey Recovery Service

Haringey Recovery Service (HRS) is a free and confidential service in Haringey. HRS offers a range of groups, including women-only spaces, services for those who identify as LGBTQ+, social spaces, volunteering opportunities and programmes.

The service offer includes: 

  • assessment, case work, recovery planning, mutual aid and peer support 
  • counselling and other “talking therapies” 
  • Group work 
  • abstinence-based day programme 
  • Drug Rehabilitation Requirement (DRR) programme 
  • families, friends and carers inclusion 
  • a Recovery Academy with courses designed and delivered by people in recovery with a range of courses covering creativity, health and wellbeing 

590 Seven Sisters Road
N15 6HR

Phone: 020 8801 3999
Web: Human Kind website (external link)

Services for children and young people

40 Bromley Road
N17 0AW

Phone: 020 8493 8525
Web: Human Kind website (external link)

Services for friends, partners and family

Family Inclusion Worker: offers advice and support for families and friends, one-to-one appointments and group sessions.

Services also include: 

  • advice on benefits, housings and finances  
  • family support 

590 Seven Sisters Road
N15 6HR

Phone: 020 8801 3999
Web: Human Kind website (external link)

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Harm Reduction Services in Haringey  

Please find a list of pharmacies where you can access clean injecting equipment and return any used equipment. For opening hours please check with the relevant service in case of changes over time. 

Haringey community-based needle exchange pharmacies:  

  • Cadge Pharmacy; 105 Philip Lane, London, N15 4JR – offer nasal naloxone 
  • Coopers Pharmacy; 59A Broad Lane, London, N15 4DJ  
  • Coral Pharmacy; 312 Park Road, London, N8 8LA 
  • Cross Chemist; 471 Lordship Lane, London, N22 5DJ  
  • Dowsett Pharmacy; 70 Dowsett Road, London, N17 9DD 
  • Mintons Pharmacy; 5 High Road, London, N22 6BH  
  • Morrisons Pharmacy; High Road Wood Green, London, N22 6BH 
  • Pharmacy Express; 214 High Road, London, N22 8HH – offer nasal naloxone 
  • Safedale Pharmacy; 491-493 Seven Sisters Road, London, N15 6EP 
  • Santas Pharmacy; 182 Stroud Green Road, London, N4 3RN  

Inclusions: People aged 18+  

Exclusions: A person aged 17 years or under who presents to the pharmacy for the needle and syringe programme should be referred to Insight Platform in Haringey.  

40 Bromley Road
Tottenham, N17 0AW

Phone: 020 8493 8525  

Email: insightplatform@humankindcharity.org.uk

Web: Humankind Charity - Insight platform (external link)

What is Naloxone? 

Naloxone is used to reverse opioid overdoses. Naloxone is a medicine that temporarily reverses the effects of opioids such as heroin, methadone and codeine. If someone is in an opioid overdose, this medicine can save their life, buying time for the emergency services to arrive. 

Naloxone is available at these pharmacies in Haringey:

  • Cadge Pharmacy; 105 Philip Lane, London, N15 4JR
  • Pharmacy Express; 214 High Road, London, N22 8HH 
  • Somerset Gardens Pharmacy; 4 Creighton Road, London, N17 8NW

What do I do if I need help urgently? 

If you have a life-threatening emergency, then call 999. 

If you just need help with your addiction then within office hours, you can contact your local alcohol and drug treatment service where you will be given an urgent appointment. 

If you have an alcohol problem, please contact your own GP or out of hours service. If you’re not registered with a GP, you can find one on NHS UK (external link). You don’t have to show ID or provide proof of residence to do this. 

You can also contact NHS 111 for 24/7 help and support. 

Further information

Information about drugs and effects can be found at:

For information about alcohol services in Haringey go to Alcohol Support

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Page last updated:

November 21, 2023