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International Day Against Drug Abuse 2018

SMSC Matters
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Mark Penny

on 24 September 2018

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Transcript of International Day Against Drug Abuse 2018

International Day Against Drug Abuse 2018
Celebrated each year on June 26th, this day highlights the dangers of illegal drug use across the world.
It helps spread the message about the extreme cultural and economic harm the trade in illegal drugs is still doing especially to the young.
Russell Brand, as an ex addict, was asked by politicians to give his opinion
In the UK almost 3 million people admitted to taking an illicit drug in the last year, young adults (ages 16-24) are most likely to take drugs.
Half of the offenders in Britain's prisons link their crimes to drug abuse.
The NHS spends £500 million treating people with health conditions linked to Class A drugs, including heroin, cocaine, ecstasy and LSD
The effects of methamphetamines
These drugs stimulate the body, keep you awake if you're tired or make you "high".
Once the effect of the drug wears off there is then a 'low'.
This may lead to the desire to take more drugs to overome the low!
The effects of MDMA (Ecstasy)
The reaction caused is a "high" mixed with feelings of warmth and affection for everyone around you. BUT can also lead to panic attacks and confusion, and in extreme cases: liver, kidney and brain damage.
The greatest danger often comes from tablets containing other substances which can cause harm or even be fatal.
You have no way of knowing what is in the tablet.
The effects of cannabis
The most widely-used illegal substance, cannabis offers feelings of relaxation and happiness, plus can change the way you percieve the world around you.
Some think it makes people lazy!
There is a live debate that taking cannabis may be linked to serious, long-term mental illness
The reaction caused offers feelings of warmth and wellbeing.
The effects can last for several hours in larger doses.
Heroin comes from opium - a painkiller
The effects of heroin
Fatal overdoses are common with heroin because a gap in taking the drug leads to a rapid drop in tolerance.
Taking the same dose as before can lead to an overdose causing a coma or death.
The effects of cocaine
This highly addictive drug offers short-term but extreme 'highs' - it can create a feeling of real confidence which can lead to people taking enormous risks or becoming aggressive.
illegal Drug use in the UK
What effects do certain illegal drugs have on you?
Is the current approach to drug control in the UK working?
Portugal took a radical approach to illegal drugs by treating users as people with social problems rather than as criminals.
Since it decriminalised all drugs in 2001, Portugal has seen dramatic drops in overdoses, HIV infection and drug-related crime
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