Do You Know Your Drugs ??


Tobacco is Australia's biggest killer drug. It is the most harmful drug (legal and illegal). It is also the most
abused. Itís said that smoking cigarettes is addictive or even more addictive than heroin. Many younger
people are taking up smoking and the future results are not good. Two groups have the highest cause for
concern. They are young women and middle age men. Tobacco or cigarette smoking can cause lung cancer
or emphysema, heart disease and many other fatal sicknesses.


Alcohol causes a big amount of harm and physical damage in Australia. It is legal and is socially acceptable
and easy to get. Binge drinking is common for young people, and itís a major concern because of the high
risks like traffic accidents, violence, unsafe sex, brain damage and the risk of dependence. The National
Health and Medical Research Council of Australia defines low risk drinking as no more than 4 standard
drinks per day for men and no more than 2 standard drinks per day for women with two (minimum) alcohol
free days a week.


Many people abuse prescription drugs and pharmaceuticals like Valium and Serepax. Taking the drugs
without a doctor telling you to can be harmful. Users are really at risk when they combine these drugs with
other drugs, including alcohol, speed, heroin and
ecstasy. Panadeine abuse is a problem amongst some teenagers.


Other Names: dope, grass, green, hooch, mull, pot, hash, gunga, weed, wacky-tobaccy, skunk.

Cannabis or Marijuana is the most used illegal drug. Marijuana is made from the dried leaves and flowers
of the plant Cannabis sativa. Hash is often sold in small foil covered blocks and quality can range from
crumbly light brown material to very resinous dark brown material. It is much stronger than marijuana, as
is cannabis oil. The drug is smoked as a joint when rolled in tobacco paper or placed in a cone at the end of
a pipe or water based bong.


Other Names: uppers, whiz, billyo, go-ey.

Amphetamines are psycho-stimulants they speed up the messages going from the brain to the body and
from the body to the brain. Most amphetamines are made in illegal backyard labs. These labs are unclean
and badness can result from impurities that stay in the drugs. Amphetamines can be drunk or snorted or
injected. Because of the strength of amphetamines, some users have ODíd and died. Amphedamines can
increase breathing and heart rate, raise blood pressure and make pupils bigger. High doses can cause very
rapid or irregular heartbeat, tremor, loss of co-ordination and collapsing. Needle use also carries the risk of
HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B & C.


The Picture above are inhalents. They are some of the things turn to gas in air and when the fumes are
inhaled can cause the user to feel high.. The word (term) chroming or glue sniffing is used to cover all
types of inhalant using. Many products are used such as glue, spray cans, lighter fluid, paint thinner, paint
or petrol. After a high the drug slows down the messages going to and from the brain to the body. Most
effects go within an hour of use. Using many times may make users pass out, get bad cramps, not know
what's going on or they may die. The drug in some of these products can cause heart failure. This can
haooen more easily if the user is stressed or does heavy work outs or exercise (like running walking etc.).
Some users have been known to pass out and suffocate in the plastic bag they inhale from. Inhalants are
most commonly used by young people in their first few years at high school. Like most drugs inhalants are
addictive even though almost all young people who!
try inhalants only use them once or twice.


Other Names: E, eccies, love drug, XTC, doves.

The chemical Methylenedioxymethamphetamine is a drug which can cause you to see things that are not
seen by other people and makes you feel more confident and feeling close to people which is why it's also
known as The love drug. People can also have jaw clenching, teeth grinding, dry mouth and throat, nausea
and loss of appetite, anxiety, paranoia and confusion.

Symptoms include: loss of appetite, sleep problems, aching and not