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Transcript of DRUGS
Amy, Liv and Paul.
Heroin, Cocaine, MDMA, Magic Mushrooms and LSD
How can drugs have an effect on the brain?
What are drugs?
Cannabis, Amphetamines and Codeine
Tranquillisers, Ketamine, Anabolic Steroids and GBL
Aside from our regular legal, over the counter drugs, there are three class bands.
These bands include;
A drug is a chemical or a substance which effects the way the body functions
Is a pain relief
Highly addictive and easy to overdose on
Boosts self confidence and makes person feel more relaxed
Very expensive, insomnia and aggresive
Pros; Can relieve pain, relaxes the body
Pros; Makes people feel wide awake and alert
Cons;Puts serious strain on the heart and many users have died from overdose
Pros; Helps the user to feel calm and
relaxed with relief of tention
Cons; Easy to be addicted to and will get withdrawal symptoms such as; decreasesd concentration, tremors and depression
Increases energy levels
Cons; Can make you feel paranoid and anxious
Drugs effect the communication part of the brain as well as the the way the nerve cells normally send, receive and process the information.
These cells are called neurotransmitters. these are the cells which can alter our moods and feelings which is why people become addicted to the drug because of the 'good mood or feeling' they get from it'
The physical side of drugs
How can drugs make us look if we are addicted?
The type of drugs has different effects of the physical appearance of the person.
E.g. After a few year a heavy smoker could start to show premature wrinkling of the skin especially around the lips, yellow stained nails and teeth and could cause gum disease and loos of teeth.
It's not only on the outside it effects us..
What are the signs of an addict?
The signs of an somebody on a drug includes;
The physical signs;
red watery eyes, pupils larger or smaller the normal, extreme hyperactivity or slowed, slurred speech, staggered walk, needle marks, nausea or termmours.
Change in personality, change of habits, bad temper or extreme sleepiness.
Drugs do not just effect people on the inside but also on the outside. many celebrity's have seriously damaged their appearances for the worse becasue of drugs and some have even died.
Started off taking one shot of cocaine when she was 18 and over-dosed but is currently in rehab for the 6th time after this one shot became and addiction.
In and out of rehab after taking many drugs then as she got off drugs found it very difficult to cope as she turned to drinking and died due to alcohol abuse.
Died from taking medication he needed after his liver transplant after his liver failure due to being an alcoholic which started as a teen drinking recreational.
Dies from overdose of barbiturates
Smoking causes risk of heart disease, which can result to death. It's created higher risks for lung cancer and strokes.
Smoking under 18:
Young people can quickly develop nicotine dependence, and symptoms of dependence can develop soon after they have their first puff on a cigarette.
Stress and relaxation
Many people claim that smoking can help them cope with stress. However, nicotine is a stimulant which doesn't actually help you relax.
Withdrawal symptoms: include cravings, irritability, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, restlessness and disturbed sleep. However, these only last around a month.
Personal reasons for smoking: Some people use smoking as support for when things go wrong. Other's smoke to meet new people and make new friends or, they smoke to make themselves look confident and in control.
Alcohol is a legal drug in which you are able to purchase over the counter above the age of 18.
However, this drug acts as a depressant, which means it slows down your body's responses.
"People who drink heavily are more likely to suffer from mental health problems."
People sometimes chose to drink to have more courage when approaching others.
Improve mood/Appear happier
More than 1 in 10 deaths of people in their 40s are from liver disease, most are from alcoholic liver disease
Can cause headaches
Forceful heart contractions
Can increase memory
Stimulate hair growth
Can ease depression
Ketamine seems to have the unusual capacity to disconnect the physical being from the psychic self, which some describe as an ‘out-of-body’ experience.
Increases heart rate
One in 12 young people between the ages of 15 and 24 in the UK - more than 670,000 - said they have taken "legal highs"
Alcohol and drug abuse costs the UK £21 billion
12% of people aged 16-24 think it is ok to use cocaine occasionally, compared to 21% of those aged 25-34
over 90% of people have been in ‘drug offer’ situations by age of 17.
cannabis = most widely used illicit drug
followed by, ecstasy, amphetamine and cocaine
crack cocaine more and more prevalent
Everybody stand up!
Who wants to volunteer????
How does drugs effect the community?
Myths about Drugs
Drugs that are legal are helpful, illegal drugs are harmful
Marijuana is not bad for you
Addicts can't recover
Driving is not affected by the influence of drugs
Drug addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use despite harmful consequences to the individual who is addicted and those around them.
No single factor can predict whether or not a person will become addicted to drugs. The more risk factors an individual has,the greater the chance that taking drugs can lead to addiction.
Types of effect – 3 categories
‘alive’ & ‘alert’
change ‘reality’ by distorting perception
induce hallucinations – sight, sound, touch
tend to ‘amplify’ mood state
Very unpredictable, ‘bad trips’
often long acting