Not all drugs are illegal, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t harmful. For example, tobacco and alcohol can seriously damage your health. Recently new “legal highs” have been developed to mimic the effects of illegal drugs such as cannabis and ecstasy. These are structured differently enough to avoid being classed as illegal substances under the Misuse of Drugs Act. However, they can still have dangerous side effects. The Misuse of Drugs Act separates illegal drugs into 3 categories:-
Class A eg heroin and ecstasy
Class B eg cannabis and amphetamines
Class C eg anabolic steroids and benzodiazapines (tranquillisers)
Some drugs can be used for beneficial reasons such as prescribed drugs but all drugs can have negative side effects.
If you are worried or concerned about drugs either for yourself or someone you know, talk to someone you can trust- this could be your School Nurse, someone at school; home or your GP.