Alcohol and Drugs
Text size: larger | smaller

Psychoactive Drugs

A psychoactive drug is a substance that acts primarily upon the central nervous system where it affects brain function, resulting in changes in perception, mood, consciousness, cognition and behaviour.

selection of pills

Stimulants


Examples

Amphetamine sulphate, ‘Speed’, mephedrone and Cocaine.

What affect do they have?

Speeds up the brain or body systems.

Opiates


Examples

  • Heroin, Morphine, Methadone

How do they make you feel?

  • Euphoric, dreamy, drowsy, relieves distress and pain,
  • Wrapped in cotton wool, creates a feeling of detachment  

Depressants


Examples

  • Alcohol, benzodiazepines, volatile substances and cannabis.

What effect do they have?

  • Slows the brain and body systems.

Hallucinogens


Examples

  • LSD and Magic Mushrooms.

What effect do they have?

  • Changes your perception of the world by distorting what you see/hear.

Bookmarking tools: