Five major drugs and their effects on you


As in previous years, cannabis was the drug most likely to be used in England and Wales. The survey found that 6.6% of 16 to 59 year olds (or about 2.2 million people) reported using cannabis in the last year.
Cannabis can cause anxiety, paranoia and loss of motivation. There's evidence that cannabis use increases the risk of developing a psychotic illness, such as schizophrenia, and can cause a relapse in those with a pre-existing condition. Cannabis, like tobacco, can cause lung disease. Long-term or heavy use may cause cancer.

Powder Cocaine

Powder cocaine is the second most commonly used drug, with 2.4% of 16 to 59 year olds saying they had taken powder cocaine in the last year.
Cocaine, or coke, is highly addictive. People who are young and healthy can have a fit or heart attack after taking too much coke. It can also cause panic attacks.


The survey revealed that 1.6% of 16 to 59 year olds had taken ecstasy in the last year.
Ecstasy can cause panic attacks or psychotic states. There have been more than 200 ecstasy-related deaths in the UK since 1996. The drug has been linked to liver, kidney and heart problems.

Amyl nitrite and amphetamine

Levels of amyl nitrite (also called poppers) and amphetamine use were similar (1.1% and 1%, respectively). Poppers aren’t addictive, but they can make you feel sick, faint or weak and give you an extreme headache. Some men have trouble getting an erection after sniffing poppers.
Amphetamines are very addictive, and the comedown can make you feel depressed. They put a strain on your heart, and users have died from overdosing.

Hallucinogens and Ketamine

The survey found that 0.5% of 16 to 59 year olds had used hallucinogens (LSD and magic mushrooms). Use of ketamine was also estimated at 0.5%. The side effects of hallucinogens, which are random and occasionally very frightening, may include flashbacks.
Ketamine can cause panic attacks and depression. High doses can dangerously suppress breathing and heart function, and can lead to unconsciousness

Wrecked & Wasted History

A brief history of the Wrecked and Wasted initiative and how it has had a positive effect on the West Dunbartonshire area since its inception.....

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Alcohol Facts

Some interesting facts on several of the most popular alcoholic beverages available today and their varying effects on men and women.....

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Effects on the Body

Find out information on the effects some of the more prevalent drugs in society can have on various parts of your body. It may make you think twice......
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Wrecked and Wasted Music video - Christmas Message

We hope you enjoy our Christmas video message and that you all have a Happy and responsible time over the festive period.
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