Why do people take drugs? It's a simple enough question, but one that can have very complicated answers. What is true is that different people use drugs for different reasons – for some it may be curiosity or culture, for others it could be pleasure or pain-relief. By exploring the nature of drug use you will gain a clearer understanding of the issues and be better equipped to support those experiencing problems.
This one-day course explores the social, cultural, legal and health aspects of drug use from a harm reduction perspective. The recent history of drug culture and the current state-of-play is described using the latest research and guidance. In-depth information on the effects of drugs, including legal highs, is presented, and a model that explains what drives drug use is highlighted. The stereotypical view of the drug user is challenged and beliefs about the nature of addiction are also explored.
To review the recent history and latest trends in drug use
To improve knowledge of the effects and risks of all drugs, both legal and illegal
To understand the three key factors that shape the drug experience
To enhance skills in assessing drug use and the role of harm reduction
This 16-page booklet, aimed at young people, covers solvent use and includes sections on: what it is brief history of use effects dangers the law top 10 safety tips what the young characters think of solvents where to find more information and get help if needed Part of the 'Stuff on..'…