Drugs Information, what you really should know about, where to get help on drug related issues

A Guide for worried parents, teenagers who are using drugs or thinking about using drugs and anyone who wants to know more about the subject.

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level of drugs use



Levels of drug use can be secionalised into Three categories as follows;

Experimental drug use

Type of use:
Irregular, no particular pattern.
Choice of substance:
May use a variety of substances depending on availability, sub-culture, fashion, peer group influences, etc. The choice may also reflect chance / curiosity rather than design or planning.
Situation / setting:
Sometimes the drugs may be taken individually but in most cases drug taking is a group activity.
Form of administration:
This may vary e.g. smoking, snorting, orally, etc. but it may include injecting.
Development:
May develop into recreational drug use or could stop altogether.

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Recreational drug use

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Type of use:
Usually regular but controlled.
Choice of substance:
Usually specific in choice of substance although influenced by availability, experience of experimentation, personal taste, social and cultural factors.
Situation / setting:
The time, company and setting are usually very important. the drug/s will often be taken in a social group, meeting both individual and group needs and will be used to compliment the social activity.
Form of administration:
Injecting is usually excluded.


Dependant drug use

Type of use:
Used more frequently, sometimes several times a day. It is less controlled but more frequent.
Choice of substance:
Dependant users are usually undiscriminating in substance; Obtaining the drug(s) is more important than its quality or the quality of the experience.
Situation and setting:
The drug taking is usually solitary or small group practise, the time, company and setting are usually of secondary concern and the actual drug taking displaces rather than compliments social activity.
Form of administration:
Injecting is most common

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