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1. What did the European survey show?
2. The most spread species of drugs.
f) Hallucinatory drugs
g) Tranquillisers & Sedatives
3. A story about Simon Foster.
4. Report of Institute for the Study of Drug Dependence.
5. A new anti-drug campaign & it's help.
The title of this paper is "The drug problem among the British teenagers". At
present there exists a big problem, concerning many teenagers. This is the
problem of drug addiction.
The government of many countries takes measures to eliminate this addiction. But
even in such developed country as Great Britain these measures aren't very
effective. However the police very often arrest 12- & 13-year-old drug
The aim of my scientific work is to expose the harm of the drug addiction &
to explain it to the Ukrainian youth, because the drug problem is a very big
problem. If we don't stop it, the damage to humanity will be irreparable loss.
The consequence of the drug-use in many cases is the death.
What did the European survey show?
Nowadays, there many secret groupings devoted to spreading of drugs. There are
many kinds of drugs & that's why many teenagers cannot resist the drugs'
That's why last year, a European survey showed that the number of teenagers
who had tried drugs was 6 per cent in Greece, 15 per cent in France and 30
per cent in Britain.
Statistics show that drug use by British teenagers has doubled since 1989.
Half teenagers who were interviewed admitted they had tried at least one type
of drug. 70 per cent said they had been offered drugs in the past 3 months.
The drugs that the government is most worried about are stimulant drugs such
as Speed and Ecstasy (or 'E' as it is commonly known) and hallucinogenic
drugs such as LSD. They are worried that many young people believe these
drugs to be exciting and fashionable. They think that many of teenagers will
be influenced by films such as Transporting and Pulp Fiction, which show
attractive people taking drugs.
The most spread species of drugs.
It must be noted that the most spread species of drugs are cannabis, cocaine,
heroin & others. The following paragraph deals with the short story about
every of them
Cannabis. Commonly found in herbal form, looking like sage or
dried herbs, or as a resin, resembling chunks of liquorice or a golden powder.
Usually smoked by mixing with tobacco; gives off aromatic, slightly sickly
smell. Produces feeling of elation, relaxation. Can cause psychological
dependence and short-term memory loss; increases risk of bronchitis and other
Cocaine. Fine, white crystalline powder, usually taken by sniffing
it up a use or by injection. Produces state of euphoria. Prolonged "snorting"
causes ulceration and perforation of the nasal septum. Crack cocaine is a
smokable form, varying from yellow/beige "rocks" to white powder. Powerfully
psychologically addictive. Produces rush of euphoria followed by rapid
Heroin. White or speckled browns powder; can be sniffed, injected,
or heated and the resulting fumes then inhaled. Produces relaxed euphoria,
dehydration and lack of appetite. Highly addictive.
Amphetamines. Commonly a powder found in a variety of colours, but
may be in pill or capsule form. Taken orally, injected or inhaled, amphetamines
cause excitability, talkativeness, feeling of unlimited energy. Regular use can
lead to weight loss and psychological dependence.
Ecstasy. Tablet or capsule in a variety of colours and forms.
Increases awareness and energy, inhibitions disappear; causes dehydration,
increased blood pressure and heart rate; may affect co-ordination. Has been
linked with fatalities.
Hallucinatory drugs. LSD—taken by mouth, as tiny coloured tablets,
or impregnated in paper or gelatine squares. Effects include heightened
awareness of sound and colour, hallucinations; may also cause disorientation,
panic, persecution mania and conviction of invincibility. Flashbacks can occur
several months after use. Psilocybin is another hallucinogen, found in
so-called "magic mushrooms"—certain species of fungi that grow in the wild.
Tranquillisers and Sedatives. Tablets or capsules in various
colours and forms available legally on prescription. Usually taken orally;
cause drowsiness, light-headedness, feeling of relaxation. May cause
A story about Simon Foster.
Next is concern with the story about an English teenager, 15-year-old Simon
At school he felt a misfit, until he fell in with a group of boys with whom
he began enjoying something in common: smoking cannabis. "I thought it was
really cool, and that I'd found a niche in life."
An occasional adventure became regular routine. But after 18 months, Simon was
caught red-handed. He was expelled from school and, fined £25, acquired a
His horrified parents found it hard to talk to him about the problem; their
anxiety all too often turned attempts at discussion into shouting matches.
They took the view that Simon should face up to life's difficulties as they
had done when young.
Simon promised never to touch drugs again—but after he won a place at a
London sixth-form college, he soon made contact with local pushers. He did so
badly in his A levels that university was out of the question. He began
drifting through life, taking short-lived reporting jobs on local newspapers
and trying just about every drug, from Valium and amphetamines to LSD and
even heroin. But cocaine became the main love of his life. "I never forgot
the first 'high' it gave me. From then on it was as if I was forever chasing
that wonderful buzz of total euphoria."
As he came to rely on cocaine, his life spiralled into nightmare. "I kept
telling myself that I was just a 'recreational' user. But I spent more and
more time behind closed curtains in my flat, gripped by loneliness, fear and
paranoia. Yet I was terrified of giving up the drug that seemed to help me
cope with those feelings."
At 25, realizing at last that he could no longer ignore the problem, he
sought help from a group therapy programme. Now drug-free and trying to make
a living as a freelance writer, he concludes: "My addiction wasted my time,
money and opportunities. Understanding that was a major step towards
recovery." Thousands of other young people risk going down the same route as
Report of Institute for the Study of Drug Dependence. A 1993 report
by the Institute for the Study of Drug Dependence estimated that by the age of
20, up to one person in three has tried drugs, mainly cannabis. About one in
ten—around half a million youngsters—are thought to have tried amphetamines;
another half-million are believed to use Ecstasy regularly. In 1992, there were
2,754 under-17s convicted for possessing drugs—a 264 per cent increase since
Children are trying drugs earlier and earlier. An annual countrywide summary
of the experience of children aged 11 to 15, by Exeter University, found
that in 1992 the percentage at each age that had used drugs had almost
doubled since 1990.
In December 1992, Scarborough police charged or cautioned 26 children
between 12 and 16 about use of LSD. In Dorset, police arrested children of
12 and 13 for possession of LSD and Ecstasy.
A new anti-drugs compaign.
In connection with this problem the government of Great Britain decided that
it needed a new anti-drugs compaign. However, before it did this, it studied
young people's attitudes. The survey showed that teenagers knew that drugs
were bad for them but they could not actually name any health risk associated
with particular drugs. It also showed that 61 per cent of teenage drug-users
would consider stopping using drugs if they thought they were a serious
danger to their health.
It was also understood that many teenagers ignored drugs warnings in schools
because they thought they were childish. In fact, it was proved that in some
cases, the reason for taking drugs was to rebel against warnings from adults.
Using the results of the survey, a new campaign has been started. The new
campaign hopes to treat teenagers like adults. It informs young people of the
health risks associated with particular drugs. It does this with photos of
teenagers. On the advertisements, the parts of their bodies which can be
damaged by drugs, are indicated by biological diagrams showing the health
Many teenagers try drugs as a 'dare' to show their friends that they are not
scared. Often their friends insist until the person says 'yes'. The health
authority hope that the advertisements will help teenagers to say 'no' to
this and be able to have good reasons to say it. In addition to posters, the
health authority has also made radio advertisements and put the number of
their drugs helpline (a telephone number that can be called confidentially
for help) in a lot of places. The people at the helpline advise people what
to do if they have a drug problem or need more information about the dangers
In this work the problem of drugs has been disclosed. We see that drug addiction
brings incorrigible harm to humanity. Still there is more & more people
fall for its temptation. We know that medicine-drugs are given to seriously ill
people to alleviate their suffering. But these medicines have one insidious
property: organism gets accustomed to them quickly & wants new doses.
Drug addiction is our enemy. And if we don't struggle against it, it'll bring
many losses. In addiction I want to say that drug addiction is as a white
storm cloud, which isn't seen on the horizon, but unfortunately, many young
people have already been caught in its big, terrible rain.
Take care of this white storm cloud!
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