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What is a drug?

A drug is a substance that is taken which alters the body or mind.


What is a stimulant?

A drug that speed up the nervous system, sharpens senses and gives a feeling of euphoria, and can cause anxiety, increased heart rate and blood pressure, restlessness and insomnia.


Give some examples of stimulants.

Nicotine, Caffeine, Ecstasy, Cocaine, Amphetamine


What is a depressant?

A drug that slows down the nervous system, makes someone feel relaxed and at ease, slows reflexes and impairs coordination, causes clumsiness, slurred speech and loss of hand eye coordination.


Give examples of depressants.

Alcohol, Tranquilizers, Solvents.


What are narcotics?

Similar drugs to depressants that have pain relieving properties.


Give some examples of narcotics.

Heroin, Morphine, Aspirin.


What are hallucinogens?

Drugs that confuse the nervous system, distort signals within the brain and can cause hallucinations, enhanced sense of touch or hearing, blurring or clarity of vision, enhancement of pain etc...


Give some examples of a hallucinogen.

Magic Mushrooms, Cannabis, LSD


What is the law concerning Class A drugs?

Possession- up to 7 years in prison and/or an unlimited fine.
Supply or production- Up to life in prison and/or an unlimited fine.


What is the law concerning Class B drugs?

Possession- Up to 5 years in prison and/or and unlimited fine
Supply- Up to 14 years in prison and/or and unlimited fine


What is the law concerning Class C drugs?

Possession- Up to 2 years in prison and/or and unlimited fine
Supply- Up to 14 years in prison and/or and unlimited fine


Give some examples of Class A drugs.

Cocaine, Heroin, LSD, Ecstasy


Give some examples of Class B drugs.

Cannabis, Amphetamine


Give some examples of Class C drugs.

GHB, steroids, tranquilizers.


What is the average annual death toll in Britain due to smoking?

Over 1200 people


How many deaths each year in Britain are linked to alcohol?

Over 3000


What is a social drug?

A drug taken in a social situation to help someone feel more relaxed or to give them energy. For example, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, cannabis and stimulants.


Why might someone take drugs?

As a coping mechanism, due to peer pressure, due t addiction, for confidence, to feel good, to rebel, to socialize, to calm nerves, for the experience or due to curiosity.


How much does alcohol abuse cost the NHS each year and how much does this cost the average taxpayer?

It costs the NHS £3.5 billion per year- on average £120 from each taxpayer.


How much does alcohol abuse cost England each year?

£21 billion


What is haram?

An Islam concept of being anti-social. It is forbidden.


What is the Muslim view on smoking?

Smoking in the presence of those who don't like it is haram and therefore forbidden. Smoking should be avoided during Ramadan.


What is the Muslim view on drug use?

Any drug that acts as an escape from reality, causes hallucination or affects decision making is forbidden and is punishable by flogging.


Example of Christian miracle that condones alcohol

Jesus turns water to wine.- John 2


What are Christian views on alcohol use?

Some denominations of Christianity are teetotal (eg, Baptists, Methodists, Pentecostals...) however other Christians accept alcohol. In the bible, getting drunk is generally frowned upon but the disciples and Jesus drink in moderation fairly often.


What biblical quote preaches respect of your body?

"Don't you know that your body is the temple of the holy spirit, who lives in you and who was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself but to God so use your bodies for God's glory." - Corinthians 6


What is the 5th precept in Buddhism?

'I undertake to abstain from fermented drink that causes heedlessness.'


What is the Buddhist attitude to smoking?

As it doesn't cloud judgement it is permitted however due to the harm caused to others through passive smoking, some believe it is bad karma.


What is the Buddhist view on alcohol on drugs?

One of the aims of Buddhism is to achieve a clear mind which drugs interfere with and substances that interfere with the mind are frowned upon. Some Buddhist do drink alcohol however.


Define addictive.

Causing a physical or mental dependency on a substance that is very difficult to overcome.


Define alcohol.

An addictive social drug that can cause liver failure and cancer.


What are anabolic steroids?

Drugs that help build muscle.


What is caffeine?

A mild legal stimulant found in coffee, chocolate etc...


What is cannabis?

A class B drug which is usually and can be psychologically addictive.


Define 'cold turkey'

The process of trying to beat addiction just by stopping taking drugs.


What is 'duty'?

Payment levied on the import, export or sale of goods.


What is methadone?

A drug used to beat addiction to heroin.


What are PEDs?

Performance enhancing drugs- taken to improve mental or physical abilities.


What is skunk?

A strong form of cannabis which some fear may have long time mental health side effects.


What are soft drugs?

Illegal drugs that are not believed to lead to dependency or serious side-effects.


What are solvents?

Forms of aerosols, glue, and gas lighter refills that can be sniffed and lead to hallucinations. Their use can be fatal.


Islam quote Islam quote against use of harmful drugs.

'do not with your own hands contribute to your destruction' - Qur'an 2


Islam quotes against drinking and gambling (2)

'They ask you about wine and gambling. Say, "In them is great sin and yet, some benefit for people. But their sin is greater than their benefit."

Intoxicants and gambling, idols and divining arrows are an abomination of Satan’s work, so avoid them so that you may get salvation.


What are the health risks of drinking?

It can lead to cancer and liver failure, and also poses a risk to yourself and the people around you as it causes loss of control.


What are the health risks of smoking?

It can lead to heart disease and lung cancer.