Drugs

The King’s School Health Website student working party felt that this section would be a useful place to talk about the different names for drugs and what they can do to you. This helps you to know what you might be offered and the effects, dangers and addictiveness of the different drugs that are around.

Drugs don’t solve problems.
Drugs simply hide feelings and problems. When a drug wears off, the feelings and problems remain - or become worse. Drugs can ruin every aspect of a person’s life. Remember: If you don’t start you don’t have to stop

Marijuana

The most widely used illegal drug around Ottery St Mary.
Street Names: pot, weed, grass, reefer, herb, ganja, spliffs, skunk, wacky backy
How It’s Used: Marijuana is usually smoked in a cigarette (jointsor water pipes (bongs). Some people mix it into foods or brew it as a tea.
Risks of cannabis

  • Smoking is bad for your health
  • Smokers smell like stale ashtrays
  • Stoned people do daft and embarrassing things
  • Nasty feelings and maybe paranoia 1-3 people a week are admitted to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital psychiatric services with cannabis related psychosis
  • It is illegal to possess cannabis
  • You will spend more money than you planned and end up skint all the time-unless you want to start stealing, then you will not only have a drug problem but eventually a criminal record as well.

Addictiveness: Teens who use marijuana can become psychologically dependent upon it to feel good, deal with life, or handle stress. In addition, their bodies may demand more and more marijuana to achieve the same kind of high experienced in the beginning.

Ecstasy (MDMA)

This is a designer drug created by underground chemists. It comes in powder, tablet, or capsule form. Ecstasy is a popular club drug and you are more likely to find it in Exeter or other towns with clubs than in Ottery St Mary.
The problem with ecstasy is that you never know what you are taking, or how much as every batch is different.
Ecstasy can be dangerous – in the UK over 100 deaths are associated with it, and we don’t really understand why some people have such a severe reaction to ecstasy.
We do know you cannot predict who will die from ecstacy it can happens the 1st time or the 100th time.
Street Names: E, XTC, X, half tablets, loved up
How It’s Used: Ecstasy is usually swallowed.
Risks of ecstasy

  • This drug combines a hallucinogenic with a stimulant effect, making all emotions, both negative and positive, much more intense.
  • Users feel a tingly skin sensation and an increased heart rate.
  • Ecstasy can also cause dry mouth, cramps, blurred vision, chills, sweating, and nausea.
  • Sometimes users clench their jaws while using. They may chew on something (like a pacifier) to relieve this symptom.
  • Many users also experience depression, paranoia, anxiety, and confusion. There is some concern that these effects on the brain and emotion can become permanent with chronic use of ecstasy.
  • Ecstasy also raises the temperature of the body. This increase can sometimes cause organ damage or even death.

Addictiveness: The physical addictiveness of Ecstasy is unknown.

Cocaine and Crack

Street Names for Cocaine: coke, snow, blow, nose candy, white, big C
How They’re Used: Cocaine is inhaled through the nose.
Risks of cocaine and crack

  • Cocaine is a stimulant that rocks the central nervous system, giving users a quick, intense feeling of power and energy. Snorting highs last between 15 and 30 minutes.
  • Cocaine also elevates heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure, and body temperature.
  • Snorting can put a hole inside the lining of your nose.
  • It’s a habit-forming drug - users need to take more and more to get the same effects
  • Regular users can become paranoid
  • It’s an expensive drug and can seriously damage your wallet.
  • First-time cocaine users - even teens - can stop breathing or have fatal heart attacks.
  • Using either of this drug even one time can kill you.

Addictiveness: Cocaine is highly addictive, and as a result, the drug, not the user, calls the shots. Even after one use, cocaine and crack can create both physical and psychological cravings that make it very, very difficult for users to stop.

Rohypnol

Rohypnol (pronounced: ro-hip-nol)
Street Names: forget-me pill, date rape drug
Rohypnol has received a lot of attention because of its association with date rape.
Many teen girls and women report having been raped after having rohypnol slipped into their drinks.
The drug also causes “anterograde amnesia.” This means it’s hard to remember what happened while on the drug, like a blackout. Because of this it can be hard to give important details if a young woman wants to report the rape.
Protecting Yourself Against RohypnolPills

  • Don’t accept drinks from other people.
  • Open containers yourself.
  • Keep your drink with you at all times, even when you go to the loo.
  • Don’t share drinks.
  • Don’t drink from punch bowls or other large, common, open containers. They may already have drugs in them.
  • Don’t drink anything that tastes or smells strange.
  • Have a non-drinking friend with you to make sure nothing happens.
  • Go out in pairs and watch your mate. If they suddenly behave oddly stay with them and get help. DO NOT leave them alone.
  • Do not spend time alone with someone who makes you feel uneasy or uncomfortable. This means following your instincts. Remember the APAUSE 3 R’s Resist, Reverse, Remove.

If you think that you have been drugged

  1. Go to the police station or hospital right away.
  2. Get a urine (pee) test as soon as possible. The drugs leave your system quickly. Rohypnol leaves your body 72 hours after you take it.
  3. Don’t urinate before getting help.
  4. Don’t shower,have a bath or change clothes before getting help. These things may give evidence to help the police.
 
The King's School 2008