Friends aren’t disposable,if your friend is doing drugs or drinking bring them back.
If your friend does one or more of the following, you should talk to him/her.
- Gets drunk or high on a regular basis.
- Drinks or uses drugs when he/she is alone.
- Shows up at school drunk or high or has skipped class to use.
- Needs drugs or alcohol to have a good time or cope with everyday life.
- Plans for drug use in advance.
- Starts hanging out with new friends who will do drugs with him/her or can score for him/her.
- Lies about drug use.
- Pressures others to use drugs.
- Has broken plans with you, or showed up late, because he/she was getting drunk or high.
- Shows little interest in or quits sports or activities he/she once enjoyed.
- Has driven a car while drunk or high.
- Borrows or steals money to buy drugs or alcohol.
Also, even if your friend doesn’t exactly fit any of these, but you feel like they are headed in the wrong direction, you can say something. You don’t have to wait for it to get worse.
DRUG Facts :
What is it?
Marijuana has a chemical in it called tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC. A lot of other chemicals are found in marijuana, too—about 400 of them, some of which are carcinogenic.
Pot affects a user’s judgment, motor coordination, and short-term memory. Weed can cause increased heart rate and make some users extremely anxious or paranoid. Smoking marijuana also causes some changes in the brain similar to those caused by long-term use of cocaine and heroin.
Research found that students with an average grade of “D” or below were more than four times as likely to have used marijuana in the past year as students who reported an average grade of “A.”Students who have smoked marijuana within the past year are more than twice as likely to have cut class than those who did not smoke, while health problems associated with using marijuana can keep students from attending school due to illness.
Regular marijuana users often have shortened attention spans, decreased energy and ambition, poor judgment, high distractibility, and impaired ability to communicate and relate to others. Young people who use marijuana weekly have double the risk of depression later in life.
What is it?
Alcohol comes in many forms: beer, wine, liquor. It is a depressant – it slows your body down, making it difficult to think clearly. Alcohol can also make people aggressive and violent.
Because it reduces inhibitions, drinking alcohol may make you act in a way that would embarrass you under normal circumstances. It can also make you do dangerous things that you wouldn’t normally do. Drinking too much (binge drinking) can cause alcohol poisoning, which can lead to coma and even death. Alcohol use increases the risks of liver damage, mouth, throat, esophagus and larynx cancer and heart disease.
- Cocaine and crack
What is it?
Cocaine is a white powder made from coca leaves. Crack is another form of cocaine that is usually smoked. Crack and cocaine are stimulants that give an immediate high that lasts a few minutes.
Cocaine and crack cause sweating, loss of appetite and increased heart and pulse rate. At higher dose levels users may feel very anxious and panicky.
Cocaine and crack affect the body and emotions.
After using cocaine and crack, many people feel tired and depressed.
Cocaine and crack use can cause heart attacks and strokes. They can also make you stop breathing.
Ecstasy is a chemical that is usually taken orally as a capsule or tablet. It is a man-made drug that is chemically similar to both stimulants and hallucinogens.Taking ecstasy causes chemical changes in the brain that affect your mood, appetite and sleep.
While taking ecstasy some people experience muscle tension, involuntary teeth clenching, nausea, blurred vision, faintness, and chills or sweating. Some people also experience confusion, depression, sleep problems, and severe anxiety while taking ecstasy, even for days or weeks after.
Ecstasy has been shown to damage nerve cells in the brains of animals. The cells most vulnerable are those that are involved with mood, appetite, sleep, and memory. Animal research has shown that ecstasy is also linked to long-term damage to neurons that are involved in mood, thinking and judgment. Ecstasy can make it difficult for your body to control its temperature. This can cause hyperthermia, which is an increase in body temperature that can lead to liver, kidney and heart failure.Although this is a rare event, it is also unpredictable.
What is this?
When smoking tobacco, you inhale tar, nicotine, carbon monoxide and 200 known poisons into your lungs. The nicotine in cigarettes is powerfully addictive.
Smoking is the most common cause of lung cancer. Smoking is also a leading cause of cancer of the mouth, throat, bladder, pancreas and kidney.
Smoking can affect your appearance and lifestyle. Toxins can dry out your skin and cause premature wrinkles.Playing sports can be difficult since smoking causes shortness of breath and dizziness.
What is this?
Heroin is a white or brown powder made from opium poppies. Users may snort, smoke or inject it. Heroin is a depressant. It also impairs the thinking process, which affects the way you act and make decisions.
Heroin is highly addictive, and because of the way people use it, it enters the brain almost immediately. Users build up a tolerance very quickly and need more and more of the drug to feel the same high they did the first time they used it.Because the strength of heroin varies and its impact is more unpredictable when used with alcohol or illicit drugs, the user never knows what might happen with the next dose.