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3 “The Ripple Effect” The Impact Of Drugs on Society Presented by: Barrington Municipal High Students

4 The Survey


6 Survey Results Have you ever consumed illegal drugs? a)yes b) no c) I do not wish to answer 47% of Students answered Yes 50% of Students answered No 3% of Students answered I do not wish to answer.

7 Did You Know ??

8 23% of Ontario students report that they were offered, sold, or given a drug at school in the last year. That's about 219,000 students.

9 B.C. Bud (marijuana) crops generate an estimated $5 to $7 billion annually Canada's illegal drug trade hit a 30-year high in 2007.

10 In what ways have you seen illegal drug use affect the people that you know? 20% Answered “None” 18% Answered “I don’t Know” 2% Answered “Lots”

11 60% of illicit drug users in Canada are between the ages of 15 and 24.

12 Street youth are 11 times more likely to die of drug overdose and suicide. 47,000 Canadian deaths are linked to substance abuse annually

13 The Family The Impact of Problem Drug Use on the Family "It's like a hell, a real living hell." (Parent) & Relationships

14 My Drug story is about my brother and my mom. It all started when I was 10. I was playing games in my brother’s room as normal and he comes in and tells me to get out! (he had just randomly started doing this) and when he left I went and looked around in his room and found seeds (weed seeds) and his phone went off and on the back screen was a bunch of bags of weed and picture of his girlfriend smoking it. I confronted him, after that day I have lost almost all contact with him. I see him maybe 5-10 times a month. I found out that my mom was growing weed and when I talked to her she told me she was addicted but not as much anymore. But after I found out that the people she hangs out with and “chills” with they smoke it so she admitted that she does it and I don’t talk to her as much anymore.

15 Effects on the Family Decline in overall Health Conflict Family focus becomes confused Grief Feelings of helplessness Fear of Exposure

16 Last year I was a crazy hooligan rebel, because I was crazy and going through mental problems, so I began experimenting with drugs, I began hiding them everywhere, even in eye shadow containers... I thought I was doing the right thing hanging with the right people, but I guess I was wrong. My boyfriend at the time was not a good guy, did drugs, drank, treated me like shit but I never realized, until one night the first night he told me he loved me, but it turned out to be a lie like everything else he told me.. After that I decide I had had enough, I wasn't being treated like that and treating myself like shit, I decided I needed some self respect, I changed for the better, and have never been back since.

17 Relationships Conflict Social Isolation New Friends Stress

18 this summer i went out with a boy who did drugs secretly. he told me he didn't do them, and that anyone who said he did was lying. he lied, and went with my cousin to do the weed, said he was buying weed for others.. i ended up catching him when he got high at my ball game. needless to say, that relationship is over.

19 In what ways have you seen illegal drugs affect your community? 28% answered “I Don’t Know” 28% answered “None” 1% answered “Lots”

20 The Legal System

21 For every $5 spent on drug rehabilitation by the Canadian government, $95 is spent on incarceration of drug users.

22 Among the over 100,000 drug-related incidents identified by police in 2007, 62% involved cannabis. Of these, three-quarters were for possession.

23 Teenagers who abuse drugs are more likely to be involved in car accident-related injuries or death. One study showed that 4 to 14 percent of drivers who are injured or die in traffic accidents test positive for THC.

24 One time at a beach party this guy got really drunk and was smoking weed. All of a sudden he freaked out and smashed this other guy in the face and knocked his front tooth out. After that everybody was a little freaked out and started to leave. The party was for teenagers and this guy was like 22. The guy that got punched wasn't doing anything he was just an innocent bystander that happened to be in the wrong place.

25 School Stuff

26 Health Some ways Drugs can Impact Your Health

27 One time at a camp party i was with this guy who i was dating and he drank a lot of alcohol and smoked a lot of weed and then he passed out, when he woke up he started throwing up everywhere and it was yucky.

28 Substance abuse has cost our health care system $8 billion

29 Some Ways Drugs Impact Your Health

30 Physical Appearance

31 Amy Whinehouse

32 Whitney Houston

33 Years of Abuse

34 Emotional Concerns Often recreational drug use starts out as a fun thing to do, or as a way to escape various pressures and stresses; however, over long term use eventually makes things worse..

35 Behavioural Concerns Often Teens who abuse drugs have an increased risk of social problems, depression, suicidal thoughts and violence.

36 Risky Business Injuries and Accidents

37 Risky Sex Teens that use drugs are five times more likely to have sex than teens who don’t use drugs. Teens that use drugs are also more likely to have unprotected sex and have sex with a stranger.

38 The Body Damage to internal organs Risk of infectious disease

39 At a party there was someone who was smoking a lot of weed and passed out and stopped breathing then someone had to do CPR on the person.

40 Have YOU Been Thinking About Taking Drugs?

41 Some Things to Consider Before You Do?

42 Ask Your Self?  Do I know what I'm taking? (for example, most 'ecstasy' is not actually MDMA)  How likely is it that I will have a positive experience?  How do I know that the next experience is also going to be a positive one?  How do I know that I will be able to control my drug usage and that I will be safe?  Can I afford it?  What is the safest method of use?  Am I in the right environment, is there someone to help me if something goes wrong?  Do I know what the risks are and what to do if something goes wrong?  Am I taking anything else (alcohol, illicit drugs, over the counter or prescribed medication) that might interact with the drug?  What do I know about the person who's selling me the drug?

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