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Illegal drugs facts

KISS fact sheet.

All drugs are divided into class A, B or C according to the harm they can do. Class A drugs are the most harmful and likely to be more addictive. The penalties for being caught are different, depending on the class and circumstances.

Cocaine class A

The effects

Cocaine is a powerful stimulant. The buzz creates a sense of well being, making users feel alert and confident. The effects last around 30 minutes; often users are left wanting more. People often take more to delay the comedown, which can be an angry or emotional state. (Tired and depressed)

The risks

Cocaine can cause heart problems and chest pain, heavy use can cause convulsions. Large or frequent doses can over a short period leave users restless, confused and paranoid. Snorting cocaine may permanently damage your nose. Mixing Viagra with cocaine/crack may increase the risk of heart problems.

Ecstacy class A

The effects

Users feel alert and in tune with their surroundings. Sound, colour and emotions seem much more intense. Users may dance for hours, the effects lasts for 3 to 6 hours.

The risks

Can leave you feeling tired and depressed for days. Risks of overheating and dehydration if users dance energetically without taking breaks. Users should sip about a pint of non-alcoholic fluids such as fruit juice or sport drinks or water every hour. Use can be linked to liver and kidney problems. Some experts are concerned that use of ecstasy can lead to brain damage causing depression in later life. Mixing Viagra with ecstasy could increase risks of heart problems.

Heroin class A

The effects

Small doses give the user a sense of warmth and well-being. Larger doses can make them drowsy and relaxed.

The risks

Heroin is addictive, even when smoked. Users who form a habit may end up taking the drug just to feel normal. Excessive amounts can result in overdose, coma and in some cases death. Injecting can damage the veins. Sharing injecting equipment puts users at risk of dangerous infections such as; Hepatitis B or C and HIV/AIDS.

LSD class A

The effects & risks

Effects are known as a "trip" and can last for up to 8 to 12 hours. Users may have a "bad trip", which can be terrifying. "Flashbacks" may be experienced when parts of a trip are re-lived sometimes after the event. Can complicate mental health problems.

Amphetamines class B or class A when prepared for injection

The effects

Excitement the mind races and users feel confident and energetic.

The risks

While on the drugs, some users may become tense and anxious. Leaves users feeling tired and depressed for one or two days sometimes longer.

High doses repeated over a few days may cause panic and hallucinations. Long-term use puts a strain on the heart; heavy long-term use can lead to mental illness.

Mixing Viagra with amphetamines may increase the risks of heart problems.

Gases glues and aerosols (it is illegal to sell aerosols to teenager)

The effects

Are very similar to being drunk.

Users feel thick-headed dizzy, giggly and dreamy.

User may hallucinate. Effects don't last long, but user can remain intoxicated all day by repeated doses.

The risks

Nausea, vomiting blackouts and heart problems that can be fatal. Squirting gas products down the throat may cause the body to produce fluid that floods the lungs and this can cause instant death.

Risks of suffocation if the substance is inhaled from a plastic bag over the head. Accidents can happen when user is high because their senses are affected.


Amphetamines class B

The effects

Excitement the mind races and users feel confident and energetic.

The risks

While on the drugs, some users may become tense and anxious. Long-term use puts a strain on the heart; heavy long-term use can lead to mental illness. Mixing Viagra with amphetamines may increase the risks of heart problems.

Cannabis class B

The effects

Getting stoned on cannabis makes users relaxed and talkative. It heightens the senses, especially when it comes to colour, taste and music.

Cooking and eating hash makes the effects more intense and hard to control. It can leave you feeling tired and low in energy and motivation.

The risks

Affects short-term memory and ability to concentrate. Getting stoned affects co-ordination, increasing the risk of accidents. It impairs driving skills, so never get in a car with someone who is stoned. It can also cause paranoia and anxiety.


Amylnitrites class C

The effects

A brief but intense head rush. Flushed face and neck. Effects fade after 2 to 5 minutes.

The risks

Headache feeling faint and sick. Regular use can cause skin problems around the mouth and nose. Dangerous for people with anaemia, glaucoma and breathing or heart problems.


If you have any problems or worried or concerned about yourself or some one else you can ring Sorted in complete confidence for advice support and information on 01895 250721 or you can call into the  one-stop shop at the Civic Centre, Uxbridge on Thursdays between 2.00pm - 4.00pm.

Useful websites:

www.talktofrank.com

www.nhs.uk/livewell 

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/drugs/

Last updated: Mon 12 Mar 2012 at 14:34