What is a drug?
A drug is any chemical that alters how the body works, or how a person
behaves or feels.
A drugís effects depends on
Apart from the well known and much publicized dangers associated with illegal
drugs like heroin cocaine and cannabis,
Itís type and strength
The amount taken
The userís mood and personality
Other factors like body weight, age, gender,
Cannabis, and ectascy, legal drugs can also be misused it is important
to be made aware of the dangers theses misuses can have.
Why are drugs used?
Who Misuses drugs?
Medically to treat illness and disease
To relieve pain
Socially to relax and enhance pleasure
Misuse occurs in all age groups. For young people there is the added
risk of it disrupting normal development and growth
Why do young people use drugs?
How do you know if someone is taking drugs?
To feel grown Ėup
To help cope with loneliness, or depression
Someone who is taken drugs is very often mistaken for some that is
not well. The symptoms are very similar; here is a guide to some of the
symptoms of a drug taker:
Before concluding that some one you know is taking drugs it is important
to consider all these factors before confronting them.
Abnormally sleepy or drowsy
Sudden mood changes
Lack of concentration ,memory loss, black-outs, hallucinations
Lack of interest in, work old friends and hobbies
Staying out late keeping late hours
Telling lies stealing
Unusual smells, strains or marks on the body
If you do know someone firstly get advise from a parent, teacher
or counsellor. Any drug user be referred to a doctor , school counsellor,
or a drug treatment centre.
Be sure you know the facts and risks , its your life, so have
the courage to say ďNOĒ to drugs. l it is easy to enjoy life without drugs
take part in hobbies or music. Most importantly share your
problems with your friends or someone that can help you donít bottle them
Written by Third Year CSPE Action Project members