CoffeeTeaChocolateCocacolaParacetamolAspirin Cough syrupThroat sweetsAntibioticsCigarettesAlcoholic drinks
All of these contain
Is it always wrong to
WHEN IS IT OK TO USE DRUGS?
Some drugs are harmless when consumed in moderation:
Coffee, tea, cola and chocolate all contain
This is a mild stimulant which can make us
feel more awake, but, if we take in too much,
it can make us irritable and give usheadaches.
If a doctor prescribes a medicine when you
Always take the doctor’s advice about how
much to take and how often to take it.
Overdosing (taking more than therecommended dose) can make you ill.
ALCOHOL IS A LEGAL DRUG, BUT….
It can have harmful effects on the body and
mind if drunk to excess.
As an adult you will decide for yourself IFand HOW MUCH you want to drink.
Some drugs are illegal because they areparticularly harmful to the body or
becausethey are particularly ADDICTIVE.
SUBSTANCE/ DRUG ABUSE
When people take drugs which they don’treally need (i.e. not for medical reasons)
thisis substance abuse.
People who do this often becomeADDICTED to these drugs.
ADDICTION:This is when drug-taking becomes a habit which is
An addicted person feels as if they need drugs andmay feel sick if they don’t take them as the bodyhas become physically addicted.
Once a person becomes addicted to a drug it isvery hard to stop taking it. They feel dependent onit and often find it hard to concentrate on anythingbut getting their next ‘fix’.
SOME COMMONLY ABUSED DRUGS:
AlcoholCigarettesSedatives – tranquilisers, sleeping pills.Painkillers – heroin, morphineHallucinogens – Ecstasy, LSD, CannabisStimulants – amphetamines, cocaine
WHY DO PEOPLE ABUSE DRUGS?
- Peer pressure.- To forget their problems
HOW DO DRUGS AFFECT THE BODY?Drugs can change the people who use them in allkinds of ways. Someone on drugs can have all sorts of moodswings from happy to angry, upset, sad, scared,excited, tired or paranoid.
Eventually, even the person's body doesn't work the same
(especially the brain, lungs & liver) and they could end up
with physical problems.
DRUG-RELATED CRIME AND ACCIDENTSDrugs often impair a person’s
ability to think clearly andmake reasonable decisions.
Many crimes and accidentsoccur as a result of drug-