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The Romans, ancient Chinese and Indians used the cannabis plant as a medicine over 2000 years ago but If you are offered some cannabis, be cool/strong & say NO! This dangerous drug can lead to memory problems, long term mental health problems and physical diseases. Check out some FACTS about cannabis, legal highs, alcohol & other drugs here.
It is commonly known that drug misuse can result in addiction. Addiction is the strong, uncontrollable desire to carry out a particular activity such a taking drugs, drinking or gambling. It become the most important thing in your life and can lead to problems at home, work and school. Have a look at this page which explains addiction and how to deal with it.
Drug abuse can be very harmful to your health. We take a look at some of the most commonly taken illegal drugs, what they are and how they can affect you.
‘Legal Highs’ are substances designed to produce the same, or similar effects, to drugs such as cocaine and ecstasy, but are structurally different enough to avoid being controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act. 'Legal highs' cannot be sold for human consumption so they are often sold as bath salts, research chemicals, plant food or advertised as ‘not for human consumption’ to get round the law.
Friendly confidential drugs advice.
Legal highs contain one or more chemical substances which produce similar effects to illegal drugs (like cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy). These new substances are not yet controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and there is often not enough research about them to know about their potency, adverse effects from human consumption, or when used with other substances or alcohol.
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