Things you should know
You should know that it is impossible to accurately predict the effects of any drug because different drugs have different effects. Much depends on the drug and how much of it is taken and the health of the user (mental and physical). Some drugs however can be divided into categories because they work in similar ways.
Drugs which act on the central nervous system and increase brain activity are called Stimulants. These are drugs like cocaine, speed, ecstasy and even tobacco.
Drugs which act on the central nervous system and slow down brain activity are called Depressants and can be found in alcohol and tranquillisers.
Drugs like LSD and cannabis that act on the mind, distorting the way users see and hear things are called Hallucinogens.
Heroin and morphine are types of drugs called Analgesics which are drugs that have a painkilling effect and can give users feelings of warmth and pleasure.
Wherever you are living, there should be rules about drugs. If you are in foster care or in a Residential home and your carer or worker should find drugs, or suspects there are drugs in the home, they will inform the Police.
Staff in Residential homes and carers are very much aware of drug related issues. They will try, with the involvement of others if necessary (such as drug counselling services and your social worker) to help and support you.
If you would rather speak to someone else then check out the links page for organisations that can help you.
You should also make sure you know the laws around drugs you can find out more from the links on our links page