Drugs and Substance Misuse
When we use the term drug
or drugs we are referring to illegal substances, along with legal
Drug users don't start
using drugs to become addicted on purpose. But with many drugs
containing substances that are addictive, people who use them
casually in their spare time can then become regular users.
Reasons why young people start using drugs can include:
- to escape problems they may be having in
other parts of their life
- because your friends have tried it
- being curious about the effects of drugs
Becoming dependent on drugs can affect your
family and friends. It can also have a serious impact on your own
Drug overdoses can be fatal, and you can die
instantly from misusing drugs that you can buy over the counter.
This includes things like aerosols, glues and other solvents.
Don’t feel under pressure to try drugs if you
don’t want to. Because the effects of drugs can be much greater in
crowded and busy places, don't take anything if you're surrounded
by large numbers of people.
Even cigarettes are dangerous to your health.
Smoker’s skin can be prematurely aged by between 10-20 years and
although the damaging effects of cigarette smoke on the skin are
irreversible further deterioration can be avoided by stopping
What to look out for:
- Drugs can affect people
differently, but they can harm your body and change the way your
mind works so that you don’t have so much control of yourself.
- Smoking can lead to
cancer and heart disease.
- Solvents can cause
blackouts, vomiting, heart problems and even instant death.
- Some people get
dependent on drugs including alcohol and cigarettes if they are
using them often and regularly.
- There is no such thing
as a safe drug.
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