Illicit drugs have very serious long and short term health implications which affect your lifestyle, work and education and can lead to crime, addiction and death.
Don't necessarily make a person feel depressed. They slow down the central nervous system and the messages between the brain and the body.
They may cause unconsciousness, vomiting and, in some cases, death.
Depressant drugs include:
Speed up the central nervous system and can make the user feel more awake, alert or confident. Stimulants increase heart rate, body temperature and blood pressure. Stimulants can "over-stimulate" the user, causing anxiety, panic, seizures, headaches, stomach cramps, aggression and paranoia.
Hallucinogens distort the users perception of reality. Effects include dilation of pupils, loss of appetite, increased activity, excessive talking or laughing, jaw clenching, sweating, panic, paranoia and nausea.
National Drugs Campaign
Australian Drug Foundation
1. (2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey report)
2. (Australian Government, Department of Health and Ageing – National Drugs Campaign Factsheet)