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THE DRUGS

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HALLU

SAN T ES

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STIM

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painkillers

LLE R KI

PAIN

• Different drugs have different risks and affect different parts of the body depressants hallucinogens • Drugs are put into broad groups... stimulants • Taking any kind of un-prescribed drug can be very risky • Drugs can affect your mind and your body... and might change the way you live your life

THE PLACE

THE RISKS

• How much? People can have different tolerances... but some drugs can be fatal if too much is taken... this is called an overdose • How often? People can become so used to a drug that their body needs more to get the effect they want... addiction • Together?

Mixing drugs is very unpredictable... taking different drugs together is very hazardous... leading to serious incidents or deaths amongst friends

• What is it? The actual content of drugs varies... dealers can add stuff to make more money... talcum powder, brick dust, and powdered glass have been found

• How? There are different ways drugs can be taken... injecting is probably the most risky way to take any drug... it is easy to overdose... if needles are shared this could pass on infections such as Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C and HIV... the virus that leads to AIDS

WHY AND WHAT

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• Some people take drugs in very dodgy places... canal banks, near railway lines, derelict buildings... so accidents are more likely to happen... especially if people are off their heads

• Drugs like ecstasy are often taken in clubs where people dance for long periods of time in a hot, crowded atmosphere... this increases the chance of someone overheating and dehydrating... this might be avoided by chilling out regularly and sipping around a pint of water or non-alcoholic fluid every hour

THE PERSON

• We are all individuals... what might appear as safe for one person is hazardous for the next... many things affect how your body might deal with drugs • The strength of street drugs is usually unknown... drug users may have developed tolerances that new users do not have... so it is difficult to know how a drug might affect them or their friends

• Health problems... people with heart, liver, blood pressure, epilepsy, diabetes or asthma problems should stay well away

• Weight... physical absorption of drugs varies from person to person • Gender... effects can be different for males and females because of our different bodies • The effects of many drugs are changed by a person’s mood, emotional state or mental health

WHERE AND WHO

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The Drugs Book is an advice and help guide to the misuse of drugs aimed at teenagers and other educational providers

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