As a society we tend to either dismiss concerns about drugs or sensationalise the danger. The most important thing is to be well informed.
The term ‘drug’ includes both legal and illegal substances. A drug can have psychological, emotional and physical effects and can change the behaviour of the person taking the drug. These behavioural changes are not the same for everyone. The effect of any drug will depend on:
- The drug – what effect it has on the central nervous system; the amount taken; how it is taken; how often; for how long; if it is taken with other drugs
- The person – age, weight, gender, tolerance, past experiences, mood, personality, the expectations and what the person wants to happen from using the drug
- The environment – what the community or society expects, allows and excuses as a result of using the drug
This section will provide information on alcohol, tobacco and other drug use as well as link to key services on the North Coast if you or someone you know needs more information or advice.
Click on the resource links to find out more information about Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs.