If you’re a Coronation Street fan you may have been following Ryan’s storyline as he experiments with cocaine.

This week, after he is rejected by his girlfriend, Ryan goes on a drug-fuelled binge which leaves him vulnerable. As he stumbles in front of a car he is saved by his friend Sophie Webster who is hit instead and ends up seriously injured in hospital.

As Sophie lies in hospital Ryan is forced to look at the consequences of his drug-taking on those around him.

As Ryan has found out cocaine is a highly addictive substance that gives a powerful high but can leave you feeling really down. It can make you feel on top of the world, very confident, alert and awake, but some people can get over-confident, arrogant and aggressive and end up taking very careless risks…as Ryan finds out to his cost. Drugs affect not only you but the lives as of those people around you.

For support across the UK

If you live in England and want to talk to FRANK in person then you can call in confidence, 24 hours a day on 0300 123 6600.

For those of you in Scotland, Know the Score offers information and advice about drugs. Find out more information by visiting www.knowthescore.info or calling in confidence on 0800 587 587 9.

If you live in Wales, DAN is a free and bilingual telephone helpline providing a single point of contact for anyone wanting further information or help relating to drugs and/or alcohol. You can call 24 hours a day on 0808 808 2234, or text DAN and your question to 81066, or visit www.dan247.org.uk

In Northern Ireland you can find out more information about the support on offer by visiting www.nidirect.gov.uk/getting-help-with-drug-or-alcohol-problems

Last updated: 24th October 2012