What are street drugs?

Street drugs are substances people take to give themselves a pleasurable experience, or to help them feel better if they are having a bad time. People may also take street drugs simply because their friends are using them. Street drugs include heroin, cocaine, cannabis, alcohol and some prescribed medicines.

Street drugs may be:

  • Legal, such as caffeine, nicotine and alcohol
  • Illegal, meaning it is against the law to have them or supply them to other people
  • Controlled, meaning these are drugs used in medicine. It is legal to take controlled drugs only if a doctor has given you a prescription for them, and it is illegal to give or sell them to someone else

The way street drugs are legally classified does not reflect how harmful they are to your mental health. They can all have a negative impact on you, however they are legally classified.

 

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