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Drugs

Two young girls snorting an illegal white powder

What is a drug?
A drug is a medicine or other substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body.

Why do people take drugs?
Different people take drugs for different reasons. Some people are curious and want to experiement whilst others use drugs due to social or personal issues. When some people take drugs they may feel happier, more relaxed or energetic for short periods of time and it can be tempting to want to re-live these experiences.

What is addiction?
Addiction is when an individual has a physcological desire to keep using a drug even though it may be causing them harm.

What effects will drugs have on me?
All drugs carry risks and you never know how each individual will react to a drug. Drugs can be broadly divided into 3 categories based on their main effects. They can act as stimulants, depressants or hallucinogens.

What are the long term effects of drugs?
Each drug can have different long term effects on your health. Lots of newer drugs and ‘legal highs’ have not been around long enough for anyone to know what harms will develop.

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