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Drugs can be legal or illegal depending on what they are and people take both types for all sorts of reasons - they may be ill and in need of medicine to help them get better or looking for something that makes life seem more 'exciting'...

Cannabis is a common drug, but did you know that if you are found to have cannabis you could be arrested, taken to a police station and charged with possession of an illegal substance.


All drugs can be put into categories. There are three main ones. Some drugs fit neatly into one category, for example tobacco is a stimulant drug. Other drugs cross-over categories, for example cannabis is a depressant with hallucinogenic effects. The affects of some drugs can be dependant on the quantity inwhich they are taken and this make them even more unpredictable.


These drugs stimulate the brain & central nervous system, but can cause Panic attacks

  • Panic attacks
  • Suppress breathing and heart function and can lead to unconsciousness
  • Serious bladder issues
  • Depression and mental health issues
Drugs in this Category include:
  • Caffeine
  • Tobacco
  • Amphetamines
  • Cocaine/ Crack
  • Ecstasy
  • Ketamine


Slow the body down. These drugs act on the central nervous systems to suppress neural activity in the brain. Produce feelings of euphoria. Reduce both physical and emotional pain.

  • Anxiety
  • Affects coordination and judgement
  • Affects heart rate and blood pressure
  • Mental health issues including psychotic illness
Drugs in this category include:
  • Alcohol
  • Heroin
  • Opium
  • Methadone
  • Valium
  • Rohypnol
  • Solvents
  • Cannabis


These drugs alter user's perception of the world and can affect all 5 senses.

  • Cause hallucinations
  • Distort the senses
  • Produce feelings of sickness
  • Make you disorientated
Drugs in this category include:
  • LSD
  • Magic Mushrooms
  • Cannabis
  • Ketamine
  • Ecstasy and Nutmeg
  • Solvents

Legal Highs

Some drugs are 'legal highs' but these could be just as dangerous, or even more so, than illegal drugs. At the moment we can't even be sure of their strength or the long term effects. More information on these can be found at the EYPDAS website.

If you need more information, advice, support, help or just a chat (free and confidential) please call EYPDAS on 01245 493311 or come and see us at Project 114, 114 Springfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6LF.

And if you can't get to us then we'll get to you!
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