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What are you getting into?

Drugs alter a person’s mood, thinking and behaviour. People take them for a range of reasons and the effects vary from person to person.

What is a drug?

A drug is any substance (with the exception of food and water) which, when taken into the body, alters the body’s function either physically and/or psychologically. Drugs may be legal (e.g. alcohol, caffeine and tobacco) or illegal (e.g. cannabis, ecstasy, cocaine and heroin).

What is a psychoactive drug?

Psychoactive drugs affect the central nervous system and alter a person’s mood, thinking and behaviour.

Effects of drugs

The experience that a person has when using other drugs will be affected by their individual characteristics, the drug and the environment or place.

People use drugs for a variety of reasons. Some of these include:

  • Out of curiosity
  • To do something exciting or fun
  • To fit in or socialise
  • To escape and forget problems
  • To relax
  • To gain confidence
  • To lessen inhibitions
  • To remove personal responsibility for decisions
  • To celebrate or commiserate
  • To relieve boredom and stress

 Friends, parents, older brothers and sisters and the media can also influence a young person's decision to use drugs.

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