AQA RELIGIOUS STUDIES UNIT 3: DRUGS

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  • Drugs
    • Drugs are chemicals that alter the body or mind or have reactions when taken.
    • Four types of drugs
      • Social Drugs
        • Legal drugs that are addictive e.g alcohol and caffeine
      • Illegal drugs
        • Drugs that are illegal to sell/use/ and are grouped according to classification
          • Class A: heroine, cocaine
            • 7 years for possession and life for supplying
          • Class B: cannabis, amphetamine
            • 5 years for possession, 14 years for supplying
          • Class C: steroids, tranquilizers
            • 2 years for possession and 14 years for supplying
      • Solvents
        • Glues, aerosols etc, can be addictive and can cause death (solvent abuse) and hallucinations
      • Prescriptions
        • Drugs legally obtained with a Doctors consent
    • Pros of drugs
      • Drugs can control/cure illnesses
      • Legal drugs provide huge profit for the government through taxation
    • Cons of drugs
      • Accidental and deliberate overdoses
      • Children may think they're sweets
      • Health effects if taken without Doctor's advice
      • can be addictive
    • Classifying Cannabis
      • Class B since 1971
      • Arguments that social drugs have worse effects
      • Decreased to class C in 2004 then back to class B in 2009
        • because people started using skunk and it increased chances of long term effects and increased chances of becoming addicted
      • Nearly 1,000 a year have long-term psychotic illness because of cannabis
      • It's a gateway drug
      • Rastafarians believe God said the herb was good
      • It is a plant: arguments for
      • People argue the government could put tax on it if they legalised
    • Social Drugs
      • Alcohol
        • Why do people drink alcohol?
          • Enjoy the taste
          • Pubs are good social venues
          • Peer pressure
          • Addicted
          • Enjoy the feeling
          • Join in with their friends
        • Massive amount of money from alcohol is tax which goes to the government
        • Alcohol is a depressant
        • 30,000 deaths a year
      • Tobacco
        • Smoking kills 300 people a day in the UK
        • Your body is a holy temple
        • Why do people smoke?
          • Addictive
          • Need to relax
          • Peer pressure
          • Enjoy the taste
          • Grown up in a smoking home
        • Became illegal to smoke in public in 2007
    • Rehabilitation: a programme where patients stay in a rehabilitation centre and receive counselling and help to stray them from their addiction
      • These are very expensive however
  • Drugs and the Law
    • Social drugs are legal but have age restrictions on (18+)
    • Drugs
      • Drugs are chemicals that alter the body or mind or have reactions when taken.
      • Four types of drugs
        • Social Drugs
          • Legal drugs that are addictive e.g alcohol and caffeine
        • Illegal drugs
          • Drugs that are illegal to sell/use/ and are grouped according to classification
            • Class A: heroine, cocaine
              • 7 years for possession and life for supplying
            • Class B: cannabis, amphetamine
              • 5 years for possession, 14 years for supplying
            • Class C: steroids, tranquilizers
              • 2 years for possession and 14 years for supplying
        • Solvents
          • Glues, aerosols etc, can be addictive and can cause death (solvent abuse) and hallucinations
        • Prescriptions
          • Drugs legally obtained with a Doctors consent
      • Pros of drugs
        • Drugs can control/cure illnesses
        • Legal drugs provide huge profit for the government through taxation
      • Cons of drugs
        • Accidental and deliberate overdoses
        • Children may think they're sweets
        • Health effects if taken without Doctor's advice
        • can be addictive
      • Classifying Cannabis
        • Class B since 1971
        • Arguments that social drugs have worse effects
        • Decreased to class C in 2004 then back to class B in 2009
          • because people started using skunk and it increased chances of long term effects and increased chances of becoming addicted
        • Nearly 1,000 a year have long-term psychotic illness because of cannabis
        • It's a gateway drug
        • Rastafarians believe God said the herb was good
        • It is a plant: arguments for
        • People argue the government could put tax on it if they legalised
      • Social Drugs
        • Alcohol
          • Why do people drink alcohol?
            • Enjoy the taste
            • Pubs are good social venues
            • Peer pressure
            • Addicted
            • Enjoy the feeling
            • Join in with their friends
          • Massive amount of money from alcohol is tax which goes to the government
          • Alcohol is a depressant
          • 30,000 deaths a year
        • Tobacco
          • Smoking kills 300 people a day in the UK
          • Your body is a holy temple
          • Why do people smoke?
            • Addictive
            • Need to relax
            • Peer pressure
            • Enjoy the taste
            • Grown up in a smoking home
          • Became illegal to smoke in public in 2007
      • Rehabilitation: a programme where patients stay in a rehabilitation centre and receive counselling and help to stray them from their addiction
        • These are very expensive however
    • Over the counter drugs are legal although the quantity of painkillers bought is sometimes limited
    • Solvents are legal although some have age restrictions (18+)
    • Prescribed drugs are legal only for the person to whom they are prescribed
  • Why do people take illegal drugs?
    • Addicted
    • Help them enjoy a night out
    • Progressed from legal drugs
    • Tricked into taking them
    • Dealing with issues
    • Peer pressure
  • Social Consequenceof illegal drugs
    • Stealing to maintain expensive habit
    • Drug suppliers conduct organised crime
    • Hurt/upset families
    • Addicts often end up alone / homeless

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