Drugs, Alcohol & Tobacco

What is a drug?

  • Any substance, other than food, that affects the way our brain processes information, and/or the way our body normally works.
  • It can affect the way we think, feel and act.

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What are the risks?

  • One incident of drug use could make you do something or put you in a situation that you will regret for a lifetime.
  • Using drugs can affect your:
    • health
    • education
    • future
    • family ties
    • social life

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How do drugs affect people?

The effects of drugs depend on several different factors:

  • The type of drug.
  • The amount taken.
  • How the drug is taken (smoked, swallowed, injected, inhaled.)
  • The user's past drug experience.
  • The circumstances under which the drug is taken (the place, the user's emotions and activities, the presence of other people, the combination of drugs.)

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What types of drugs are there?

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