Any substance that you put into your body that is not recommended by your doctor can be harmful, and potentially lethal. This is especially the case when it comes to illegal drugs.
These can come in many different forms including tablet, powder and liquid. Long term abuse can lead to serious physical health problems like vomiting and internal bleeding as well as mental problems leading to memory loss and in some cases mood and personality changes.
Regardless of age, maturity or levels of physical fitness, these substances can have a devastating affect on the user, and have in the past led to fatalities.
If you feel under pressure by your peers to start taking illegal drugs, you can talk to a parent or teacher. We have included links to a number of organisations you could contact for information and advice on how to avoid getting involved in drugs, and what to do if you want to stop taking them. Further information and advice about drugs.
Anyone with information on the sale of illegal drugs is asked to report it to their local police on 0845 600 8000. Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously to the Crimestoppers number, 0800 555 111.
Dont Let Drugs Hold You Back From Your Full Potential
The PSNI Organised Crime Branch have produced this drugs awareness leaflet to warn the community about the dangers of drug and substance abuse. It contains details of how different types of drugs can damage your health, and advice on how to spot signs of abuse in others. Detective Chief Inspector Shaun McKee, said a promising future career could be destroyed by drug abuse.
“Drug and substance abuse can have a devastating effect on your life. Your physical and mental health can suffer irreversible damage and addiction can control your life, as well as having a negative effect on your career and relationships with your family and your friends. Drug abuse can also have fatal consequences. If you are a young person, at school or college, studying for your chosen career, remember that taking drugs can destroy your potential. There are some jobs you simply cannot have if you have a drug problem. Testing for substance abuse in sports also ensures that anyone who takes drugs could face a ban from competition. Be wise. Don’t let drugs hold you back from your full potential.”
Below is a list of illegal drugs that are known to have been available throughout the UK. Click on the links to find out more about each type of drug.
- Cannabis (marijuana)
- Liquid based drugs
- Methamphetamines (speed)
- LSD (acid)
Please note that the photographs are used for illustration purposes only. Some illegal substances can come in many different forms.