Illegal drugs such as marijuana (cannabis), heroin, ecstasy and cocaine can have a serious effect on our physical and mental health. Treatment and support are available.
Topic: Drugs by name
Amphetamines are psychostimulant drugs that speed up the workings of the brain.
Caffeine is a stimulant that acts on the brain and nervous system.
Generally speaking, people who start smoking cannabis earlier (early adolescence) and smoke heavily are more likely to experience problems.
Cocaine is a highly addictive illegal stimulant that has serious side effects.
Ecstasy is an illegal stimulant and hallucinogenic drug that can cause stroke and heart attack.
GHB is often known as ‘liquid ecstasy’, but it is a completely different drug to ecstasy
Hallucinogens target specific centres of the brain to alter the interpretations of sensory input.
Heroin is a depressant of the central nervous system, which means it slows down brain function and particularly the control of breathing.
Inhalants are chemical substances that give off fumes that can be breathed in to achieve a 'high'.
It is dangerous to take kava in combination with alcohol or other psychoactive drugs.
Prolonged use of steroids can cause liver damage and severe mood swings.
Tranquillisers are highly addictive and should only be used for certain conditions in a short-term or emergency situation.