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What are our kids using?

 
Your child is exposed more drugs than you realise. Know what to expect and you might be able to help.
Megan de Beyer

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Article originally in Parent24
Cannabis
Effects:
  • Intoxication
  • Euphoria and relaxation
  • Talkativeness
  • Heightened sensory perception
  • Feeling of being “free” – escape
  • Pain relief


Side-effects:

Lung damage (emphysema and cancer)

  • Decreased resistance to infections
  • Loss of motivation
  • Memory impairments
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Loss of fertility

Ecstasy
MDMA
MDEA (the “disco biscuits” of the 70s)

The history . . . .
  • Developed for use in life-boats
  • Used medically as an appetite suppressant
Effects:
  • Elation
  • Exhilaration
  • Increased energy
  • Feeling of well-being
  • Sensual feelings (the love drug)
  • Rhythmic feelings (rave culture)

Ecstasy
Side-effects
  • Poisoning – what were you taking?
  • Dehydration
  • Heat stroke
  • Respiratory failure
  • Come-downs (Tearful Tuesday)
  • Psychological problems (depression)

Cocaine
The “superman drug”

Effects of the drug:
  • 20-30min rush of euphoria
  • Feelings of well-being
  • Increased confidence
  • Increased energy

Cocaine
Side-effects:
  • Highly addictive substance+ expensive = serious financial consequences
  • Takes control of person’s life
  • Irritability
  • Erratic behaviour
  • Paranoia
  • Anxiety and panic attacks.

The force of authority is not enough to stop your teen from using!

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