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How Do Drugs Work?

Drugs are essentially poisons. The amount taken determines the effect.

A small amount acts as a stimulant (speeds you up). A greater amount acts as a sedative (slows you down). An even larger amount poisons and can kill.

This is true of any drug. Only the amount needed to achieve the effect differs.

But many drugs have another liability: they directly affect the mind. They can distort the user's perception of what is happening around him or her. As a result, the person's actions may be odd, irrational, inappropriate and even destructive.

Drugs block off all sensations, the desirable ones with the unwanted. So, while providing short-term help in the relief of pain, they also wipe out ability and alertness and muddy one's thinking.

Medicines are drugs that are intended to speed up or slow down or change something about the way your body is working, to try to make it work better. Sometimes they are necessary. But they are still drugs: they act as stimulants or sedatives, and too much can kill you. So if you do not use medicines as they are supposed to be used, they can be as dangerous as illegal drugs.

illegal_drugs_cocaine.jpgAbused drugs

When we think of drug abuse, most of us think of heroin, crack, cocaine, and cannabis to name a few. However, there are a countless number of substances that people are abusing in our communities.

Prescription drugs are one example that the health care system has been encountering more often in treatment. Prescription drugs such as Diazepam, Tramadol, and Codeine are a few examples of highly addictive prescribed medications that can easily turn into a drug habit. 

Legal highs that are advertised on the internet as 'bath salts' and/or 'plant food' can easily be obtained with no indication of what they are made of or the effects this may have on your body. Other substances such as Khat, seen in the Somolian community, are now transferring over to other cultures and we are noticing a trend in youth usage throughout Slough.


For information on drugs, their effects, content, and health implications (an A-Z guide of drugs); contact FRANK for confidential advice.