A drug is defined as:
Any substance which, when taken into the body, alters its function physically and/or psychologically; excluding food, water and oxygen. (World Health Organisation, 2001)
Drugs generally fall three classifications, based on their type of effect. However, occasionally a few drugs may fit into two of the classifications.
Stimulants are drugs which speed up the body’s functions and central nervous system.
Depressants are drugs which slow down the body’s functions and central nervous system.
Hallucinogenic drugs alter a person’s perception of reality. They can make the user see, hear, feel or experience things that are not really there or are distorted from reality.
Illegal drugs, and the misuse of legal drugs, can effect an individual, their families and friends and the community in a number of ways.
If you are concerned about your own or another person’s drug use we encourage you to seek professional help and assistance.
There are always risks associated with drug use. No use at all is the safest option.
Posted on 26th July 2023