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12% of pupils had used illegal drugs in the last month and 20% had used illegal drugs in the last year

12% of pupils had used illegal drugs in the last month and 20% had used illegal drugs in the last year

13% of boys reported taking drugs in the last month compared to 11% of girls

Use increased with age. Six percent of 11-year-olds had used drugs in the last year compared to 39% of 15-year-olds

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Cannabis is the most likely drug to have been used, with 13% of pupils reporting use in the last year.

Cannabis is the most likely drug to have been used, with 13% of pupils reporting use in the last year.

Cannabis use also increases sharply with age with 1% of 11-year-olds having used the drug in past year compared with 31% of 15-year-olds

Class A drugs had been used by 4% of 11-15 year olds. One percent say they used heroin or cocaine

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Risks of Using Drugs

Risks of Using Drugs

Risks vary according to:

-circumstances of the use

-the motivation and knowledge level of the user

-their mood and expectation at the time of use

-the manner of use

-size of dose

-purity of the sample

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Risks Factors Involved in Drug Taking

Risks Factors Involved in Drug Taking

Users can never be sure of exactly what they are taking

Not knowing the strength of what has been bought could lead to an accidental overdose (which may be life-threatening)

Users can't be precisely sure of the effect the drug will have, even if they have taken it before.

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Sharing dirty needles or syringes carries a risk of serious infections

Sharing dirty needles or syringes carries a risk of serious infections

Mixing drugs, or drugs with alcohol

Getting a criminal record.

Effects on relationships, financial pressures, reducing judgement or performance etc.

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Class A Drugs

Class A Drugs

Amphetamines (speed) - if prepared for injection

Cocaine and crack

Ecstasy

Heroin

LSD (acid)

Magic mushrooms - if prepared for use.

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Possession of Class A Drugs

Possession of Class A Drugs

Possession:

-seven years prison and/or a fine

Possession with intent to supply

-life imprisonment and/or a fine

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Class B Drugs

Class B Drugs

Amphetamines (speed)

Possession

-five years prison and/or a fine

Possession with intent to supply

-14 years prison and/or a fine

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Class C Drugs

Class C Drugs

Anabolic steroids

Cannabis

Mild amphetamines

GBH

Tranquillisers DF 118 (painkillers)

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