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Drug Education for NSTP 1

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Tintin Santos

on 17 September 2012

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DRUGS Any drug may be harmful when taken in excess. Some drugs can also be harmful if taken in dangerous combinations or by hypersensitive (allergic) persons in ordinary or even simple amounts. When are drugs harmful? Drug abuse is the use of any chemical substance, licit or illicit, which results in an individual's physical, mental or social impairment. What is drug abuse? It may refer to any of the following practices: Using, without benefit or prescription, use of drugs, which have the capacity to alter the mood or behavior. Using drugs and substances for a purpose different from the one for which the drug has been prescribed. Using drugs and substances having no legitimate medical application for purposes other than research. Why do people turn to drugs? "It gives enjoyment" Peer pressure Widespread access "Medicines" can solve problems What drugs are commonly used?
Kinds of Drugs Stimulants Drugs which increase alertness and physical disposition. Amphetamine Nicotine Cocaine Caffeine Hallucinogens Also called psychedelics, are drugs which affect sensation, thinking, self awareness, and emotion. Changes in time and space may be mild or overwhelming depending on dose and quality of the drug. LSD Marijuana Sedatives Drugs which may reduce anxiety and excitement Barbiturates Non-barbiturates Tranquilizers Liquor Narcotics Drugs that relieve pain and often induces sleep Opium Morphine Codeine Heroin How can you tell when one is abusing drugs? Watch out for stealing. Much like a drug user starts lying, they also may start stealing. This does not mean that you will see them stealing from stores, but rather, and even more disappointing, they may steal from friends and family. If you live with someone whom you suspect to be a drug user, and begin to notice things missing, then there may be more to it. Often times a drug user steals to make money for their habit. Drug use can cause many physical problems for the user, but even more so it can ruin families and relationships. Next time you begin to see some of these signs of drug use, confront the person and try to get them help fast. Signs of Drug Abuse Keep an eye out for drugs and drug paraphernalia. This may be the most obvious sign of someone using drugs: if you find drugs or paraphernalia lying around. The person you suspect of using these drugs will probably deny that the stuff is theirs, and that is where some of the lying will come into play. If you start to see consistent drugs or items for using dugs, then the person you are worried about may be doing drugs. Check if the person is lying. One of the first signs of drug use is the person begins to lie. First of all, they are probably going to lie about any potential drug use. However, it does not stop there. While under the influence of drugs, a person begins to go through denial about their problem and they start lying about other things as well. The person's lies may seem obvious to you, but the user will see it differently. Notice if they have a lack of hygiene. Drug users begin to deteriorate on many levels and one of the things they truly stop caring about is how they look and their hygiene. Since they may spend a majority of their time on drugs, they do not notice their lack of appearance. You may start to see someone wearing the same clothes for days in a row, and stop showering. This will be hard to watch and will be an obvious sign that something is going on. Bad Effects of Drug Abuse Malnutrition Panic Reaction Physical Damage What to do to prevent Drug Abuse Deal with life pressure. People today are overworked and overwhelmed, and often feel like a good break or a reward is deserved. But in the end, drugs only make life more stressful — and many of us all too often fail to recognize this in the moment. To prevent using drugs as a reward, find other ways to handle stress and unwind. Take up exercising, read a good book, volunteer with the needy, create something. Anything positive and relaxing helps take the mind off using drugs to relieve stress.

Keep a well-balanced life. People take up drugs when something in their life is not working, or when they’re unhappy about their lives or where their lives are going. Look at life’s big picture, and have priorities in order. Top 5 ways to prevent Drug Abuse and Addiction Seek help for mental illness. Mental illness and substance abuse often go hand-in-hand. Those with a mental illness may turn to drugs as a way to ease the pain. Those suffering from some form of mental illness, such as anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder should seek the help of a trained professional for treatment before it leads to substance abuse. Effectively deal with peer pressure. The biggest reason teens start using drugs is because their friends utilize peer pressure. No one likes to be left out, and teens (and yes, some adults, too) find themselves doing things they normally would not do, just to fit in. In these cases, you need to either find a better group of friends that won’t pressure you into doing harmful things, or you need to find a good way to say no. Teens should prepare a good excuse or plan ahead of time, to keep from giving into tempting situations Examine the risk factors. If you’re aware of the biological, environmental and physical risk factors you possess, you’re more likely to overcome them. A history of substance abuse in the family, living in a social setting that glorifies drug abuse and/or family life that models drug abuse can be risk factors.
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