Unit 3

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  • Religious attitudes to drug abuse
    • Types of drugs
      • Prescribed drugs
        • Morphine
        • Sedatives
      • Illegal drugs
        • Heroin
        • Cannabis
      • Legal social drugs
        • Alcohol
        • Tobacco
        • Caffeine
    • Reasons for taking drugs
      • To keep awake
      • Pain relief
      • Addiction
      • Escapism
      • To enhance sporting performance
      • Rebellion
      • Peer pressure
      • Social reasons
    • Benefits
      • Pain relief
      • Temporary escape from problems
      • Part of social scene
      • Relaxation
      • Social enjoyment
      • Eases inhibitions
    • Harms
      • Lead to premature death
      • Hurt others
      • Lead to crime
      • Damage relationships
      • Mental illness
    • Budhism
      • Take care of body to increase spiritual life
      • Fifth precept- not harming anyone
      • Kammic consequences
      • Only medicinal drugs are acceptable
      • Practice of right livelihood
      • Right actions- no performance enhancing drugs
      • Metta and karuna help sufferers
    • Christianity
      • Human body and mind are gifts from God
      • Body is the temple of the holy spirit
      • Not good stewardship of money
      • Attitudes vary about alcohol
      • Disrespect of body and mind
      • Using performance enhancing drugs is dishonest
      • Duty to obey law of land
      • God gave herbs and plants to be used
    • Classes
      • Class A
        • Most harmful and addictive e.g. heroin/ ecstasy. Severe penalties for possession and dealing
      • Class B
        • Can be very harmful e.g. amphetamines/ cannabis. severe penalties for dealing and possession
      • Class C
        • Can be harmful e.g. tranquillisers. severe penalties for dealing but less for possession
      • Solvents
        • not illegal, shops not allowed to sell them to under 18s

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