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  • Drugs
    • Types of Drugs
      • Depressants
        • Examples = Alcohol, Solvents and temazepam
        • Slows down responses of the nervous system
      • Stimulants
        • Examples = Nicotine, Ecstasy and Caffeine
        • Increases activity of the brain. Used to treat depression
      • Painkillers
        • Examples = Paracetamol, Aspirin
        • Reducing number of painful stimuli at nerve endings
      • Performance Enhancers
        • Example = anabolic steroids
        • Builds muscles in athletes but is a banned substance by sporting organisations
      • Hallucinogens
        • Example = LSD
        • Distort what is seen and heard by altering the pathways that the messages are sent along
    • Alters the way that the body works
    • Medically useful = antibotics
    • Addiction can occur if it is taken over a long period of time
      • Example = Caffeine
      • Rehabilitation can help to get over an addiction
    • Tolerance - Over a period of time you may need a larger dose as your body has adapted and got used to having it.
    • Illegal Drugs
      • Class A
        • Heroin LSD Ecstasy and cocaine
      • Class B
        • Cannabis and amphetamines
      • Class C
        • Anabolic steroids and tranquillisers
      • Carry punishments if you were to be found taking or dealing these substances.
        • Class A is the most serious which could lead to a lengthy prison sentence.
        • Sentences are longer if you are found to be dealing them to someone else
          • Class A is the most serious which could lead to a lengthy prison sentence.

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