As with alcohol, living with a family member's DRUG USE can create a range of stress and strain for all the family. This section gives some more information about drugs (chemicals that change a way a person's body works).
MEDICINES are a type of legal drugs. If you have ever been sick and had to take medicine, you already know about one kind of drug. Medicines are LEGAL DRUGS, which means doctors are allowed to prescribe them for people, shops can sell them, and people are allowed to buy them. But it is not legal, or safe, for people to use these medicines any way they want or to buy them from people who are selling them illegally.
CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL are two kinds of legal drugs. However, smoking or drinking a lot is not healthy and causes the most damage to people's health in Northern Ireland.
When people talk about a "drug problem,"they usually mean abusing medication or using such as heroin, cannabis, LSD, cocaine, and ecstasy. Illegal drugs also include newer types which are drugs that are made to mimic the effects of other illegal drugs. These used to be called "legal highs" but are now called NEW PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES (NPS). An example of an NPS is "Spice".