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PSYCHOACTIVE DRUGS QUIZ

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A psychoactive drug affects the central nervous system and alters your mood, thinking and behavior.

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    When we talk about a drug what are we exactly talking about?

    A drug is any substance that, when taken or administered into the body has a physiological effect (Alcohol and Drug Foundation, 2018). ‘Psychoactive’ or ‘psychotropic’ drugs are substances from outside of the body that, when ingested, alter how you experience yourself and the world. This type of drug alters things like your mood, your perceptions, your thoughts and your behaviours (Alcohol and Drug Foundation, 2018).

    We can classify psychoactive drugs a variety of ways but one of the most common is to classify them according to the effect they have on the central nervous system or CNS. Your brain is the major part of the CNS and it is here where psychoactive drugs have their main effect.

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    A depressant drug:

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    A depressant drug:

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      So, let’s explore what a depressant drug is a little more. A depressant drug slows down the messages travelling between the brain and the body. It acts on the nerve cells of the brain disrupting communication between nerve cells and other cells of the body. It does this by altering the actions of two major neurotransmitters in the brain. These chemical messages, or neurotransmitters, enable nerve cells to talk to each other and to other cells in the body.

      When you use a depressant drug, such as alcohol, it suppresses the activities of certain nerve pathways and you can appear sluggish, lethargic and slow-moving.

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      Polydrug use:

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      Polydrug use:

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        Any drug has the potential to cause harm but when drugs are combined there can be additional unpredictable consequences. For example, if you mix alcohol and cannabis you can experience nausea, vomiting, panic attacks, anxiety and paranoia. The caffeine found in energy drinks, when mixed with alcohol, can mask the depressant effects of the alcohol. You may feel more alert than you would otherwise and as a result, you may drink more alcohol and become more impaired than you realise.

        Polydrug use or mixing two or more drugs at the same time or near the same time, can increase your risk of harm.

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        Cannabis is potentially less harmful for you to use than drugs that are made from chemicals because it comes from a plant.

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        Cannabis is potentially less harmful for you to use than drugs that are made from chemicals because it comes from a plant.

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          All drug use comes with risks and can cause harm regardless of how it's made or where it comes from. So just because something comes from a plant doesn’t mean it's safe.

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          Your drug use experience will always be the same and the same as anyone else who takes the same drug.

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          Your drug use experience will always be the same and the same as anyone else who takes the same drug.

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            Your experience of using a drug may not always be the same – even with the same drug. And your drug experience may not be the same as the experience your friends will have with the same drug.

            The effects and the possible harms of using a drug will vary greatly depending on you, the drug you are using and the environment you are in when you take the drug. This is called the drug use experience.

            The strength, dose, how you took the drug, and how often you use it, can affect how long the drug stays in your system and the effects you will feel.

            What you experience can also be affected by you as an individual depending on your tolerance, age and gender, overall health, metabolism, mood, as well as the environment you took the drug in.

            Drugs affect every person differently and each drug use experience can be different.

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            METHAMPHETAMINE QUIZ

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            Methamphetamine, or meth for short, is an amphetamine-type stimulant (ATS). Being a stimulant, meth speeds up the function of the brain and central nervous system or CNS producing feelings of increased alertness and reduced fatigue.

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            The effects of taking meth can be felt within minutes if smoked or injected and the stimulant effects can last for up to 6-12 hrs. Meth can take up to 2-3 days to leave your body.

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              Meth is a man-made substance.

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              Meth is a synthetic or man-made chemical substance created from mixing a variety of chemicals together including those used in cold and flu medications such as pseudo-ephedrine.

              It can come in three different forms.

              1. A powder or pills which is known as speed.
              2. A thick, oily substance called base.
              3. Crystals or coarse, crystal-like powder known as ice.

              Depending which form is used, meth can be swallowed, snorted, smoked or injected.

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                How does meth affect a person?

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                Did you know meth could affect someone in all of these ways? Did one or two surprise you? 

                The important thing to remember is that drugs affect every person differently and because we are all unique, our drug use experience will be specific to each of us. 

                The strength, amount taken, how you took the drug, and how often you use it will all impact the effects you will feel. What you experience can also be affected by you as an individual depending on your metabolism, mood, the environment you are in, if you have taken any other drugs including legal drugs such as prescription drugs or alcohol, if you have used the drug much before (regular use can increase tolerance), your age and gender. 

                One of the key points to remember about meth is that like any other illicit or illegal drug, it’s often difficult to know exactly what chemicals are contained within the drug. This can increase the risks of harm and lead to unpredictable effects for the user. 

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                  Can meth cause psychosis?

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                  Meth-induced psychosis is possible. This psychosis may present as hallucinations, where you see or hear things that aren’t there or as delusions where you believe things that are not real.

                  Meth users experiencing psychosis can also feel overly suspicious and frightened.Sometimes this psychosis may lead to strange or difficult behavior which could include aggressive or violent outbursts. These symptoms usually disappear a few days after a person stops using meth but it can take some time for the brain to return to normal functioning

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                    It’s against the law in WA for anyone to drive under the influence of meth.

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                    In WA, it’s against the law for anyone to drive under the influence of an illicit drug including meth. The use of meth “can cause exaggerated feelings of confidence giving a false sense of driving ability, which may result in users taking greater risks and increase the risk of having a crash” (Drug Aware, n.d.).

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