We know that some teenagers want to experiment with drug use during their teenage years, however this can lead to long term complications and put you at risk. Because the teenage brain is still developing, drugs have a similar effect on the brain as what alcohol does. Drug use in teenage years can lead to long term brain complications or reduced development, because your brain is still developing. Another significant risk with drugs is that the substance provided is not identifiable. Since 2016 'legal highs' have become illegal, many of the substances tested from these were found to be unfit for human consumption. Drug taking, like alcohol, increases your risk of vulnerability, and young people who use drugs in teenage years are thought to be at increased risk of addiction later in life.
1) If you feel you can, say no!
2) Possessing or supplying Class A, B and C drugs is illegal
3) Cannabis is illegal to use, just like other drugs, and can lead to a criminal record
4) 'Legal highs' are not legal anymore
5) You can still be affected by cannabis for 2 days after taking it
6) Drug use can lead to difficulty sleeping
7) Using drugs can give you the 'munchies'- make you very hungry
8) Cannabis can cause paranoia, and lead to people developing psychotic illnesses
9) Try and find an alternative way to spend time e.g. sports club/ different friendship group
10) Speak to a professional e.g. your school nurse/ GP about your drug use