An organisation which provides support for those affected by drugs has said the number of people being referred to them has increased by almost 300%.
FASA - the Forum for Action on Substance Abuse and Suicide Awareness - says a majority of its clients are under 18 and are taking mephedrone.
The organisation says there is the added problem of a question mark over future funding.
In the past 12 months FASA has assisted more than 1,000 young people.
That does not include the families of drug users who also contact them seeking help.
But most recently their figures have risen dramatically due to the increasing numbers of those taking the now illegal substance mephedrone.
Team leader Alex Bunting said they were having to provide a much greater service to more people but with less money.
May 6, 2010