Recognizing Drugs and Their Effects

Drugs, which include alcohol and cannabis, are ‘psychoactive’ substances. Once absorbed, these substances alter one or more functions of the body and central nervous system. They can affect:

  • Thoughts
  • Emotions
  • Behaviour
  • Mood
  • Multiple organs

Drugs can be:

  • Natural
  • Synthetic (composed of chemical molecules produced in a lab)

It is important to know that street drugs can be mixed with products that are hazardous to health or other drugs. There is no way of knowing what these drugs contain regardless of their shape, colour or origin.

There is so much information circulating about drugs. This information is sometimes accurate, but it can also be far from the truth. To learn more about drugs and their effects, read the following sections: