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Transcript of YPDAS Talk
"Only when you know enough about drugs can you make healthy decisions."
What is there to know about drugs?
"Makes you feel wide awake. My heart felt like a hammer beating through my chest!"
"The world slows down and you feel like you're sinking"
"I thought I could hear colour and see sound"
Where drugs came from
"Emporer Shen Nung discovered the 'healing properties' of marijuana" 2,700 B.C.
Cocaine was first synthesized in 1855. "(As a treatment for depression) I had been the first to recommend cocaine..."
Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams
"In 1898 a German company launched a new medicine called 'Heroin'"
Ian Scott, History Today
"The earliest booze of any kind was from China's Yellow River Valley around 9,000 years ago!"
"Peruvian societies were already chewing coca leaves 8,000 years ago"
Jason Palmer, BBC News
"In 3,400 B.C. the opium poppy is cultivated in lower Mesopotamia"
Booth, Martin. Opium: A History
In "Zombie Land"
Blocked out of the real world
THEORIES ON WHY PEOPLE TAKE DRUGS:
1. Biology (The Body)
"People want to experience sensations in the body that feel either relaxing or stimulating. This might be to avoid pain or to generally feel a high".
2. Psychology (The Mind)
"People seek to experience different states of consciousness. As well as hallucinations, this also includes managing how they think and feel about their lives and their surroundings".
3. Social (Other People)
"People want to connect with others. Drugs are sometimes used as a bonding tool because they can be shared and make users less anxious about rejection."
"The part of the brain that forms memory is up to 12% smaller in those who smoke cannabis between 15 and 25"
"The bit of the brain that helps you to react to situations is up to 8% smaller in young people who smoke cannabis, and this lasts for the rest of their lives."
"Young people who smoke cannabis have more mental health problems like depression, and regular smokers are six times more likely to develop schizophrenia"
"In 6,000 B.C. tobacco began to grow in the Americas"
Gene Borio, Tabacco.org