Avoid Drugs - Not Worth the Risk

You never know what’s in a pill! Even a test kit won’t tell you everything that’s in a pill, or how it will effect you… it’s always a risk!

Samples of ecstasy pills, that have been laboratory tested, have been found to contain a variety of substances from glucose, caffeine and paracetamol, methamphetamines, veterinary tranquillisers, hallucinogens and prescription medications, such as those used to treat parasitic worms and male pattern baldness.

The side effects of these drugs can be unpredictable and dangerous, particularly if used together with alcohol or other drugs.

Most people use some kind of legal drugs – alcohol, prescribed medications and caffeine are part of everyday life for some people. Unfortunately, illegal drugs like marijuana and ‘speed’ are also a part of life for some people too.

In Queensland, laws govern most drugs and there are severe penalties for misusing drugs. Use of illegal drugs can have a greater effect than just a court appearance. It can not only affect you, but also your family and friends. A drug record can affect your job chances, or your chances of getting a visa for entry into some countries if you want to travel overseas.

Always remember that it’s OK to say no! Most teenagers don’t drink, over half of teenagers (65%) have never had a full serve of alcohol and only 5% drink on a weekly basis. Most teenagers don’t use drugs. Over 80% of teenagers have never used an illicit substance (‘Drugs, Alcohol and the Law for Young People’, Queensland Police Service).

The harms associated with mixing alcohol and other drugs include:

  • Increasing violent behaviour,
  • Impairs your ability to make sensible decisions,
  • Inappropriate sexual behaviours –increasing the risk of unwanted pregnancy or sexually transmitted disease,
  • The interaction between alcohol and other drugs can amplify the adverse affects and increase the risk of overdose,
  • Psychiatric problems, including alcohol/drug dependence, psychosis, anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia, particularly in people with a family history of mental illness, and
  • Overdose or death.

Here are some tips for avoiding drugs:

  • It’s OK to say no,
  • Avoid going out with people who have offered you drugs in the past,
  • Look after your friends and stay with people you know well and trust,
  • Avoid places where you know drugs are available,
  • Don’t mix alcohol and drugs (whether they are prescription or non-prescription),
  • Know what to do if things go wrong,
  • Understand that you don’t have to use alcohol and drugs to have fun, and
  • Don’t let peer pressure sway you into doing anything you don’t want to do.

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Last updated April 2014