Get informed : Drugs and addictions

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A drug is a substance that, once absorbed, alters one or more functions of the central nervous system. Drugs can affect thoughts, emotions, behaviours, and moods. It’s important to be aware of the fact that street drugs may be mixed with harmful products (powdered detergent, ground glass, animal excrement).

The reasons for taking drugs vary from one person to another. Here are a few reasons:
  • For fun
  • To be like others who do it
  • To impress friends
  • To try something new
  • To defy authority
  • To provoke adults
  • To fight boredom or loneliness
  • To blow off steam
  • To overcome shyness
The main reason why young people experiment with drugs is that they are looking for pleasure and new sensations.

A person who takes drugs to forget their problems, avoid facing reality, or calm down runs a greater risk of developing a drug problem. Remember that drug addicts never imagined that they would one day become dependent on drugs.

Drugs are classified as hallucinogens, depressants, and stimulants, depending on their effects on the central nervous system. To learn more about the various categories of drugs, visit

The amount of time a drug stays in the body varies greatly and depends on several factors, including the type of drug, the quantity ingested, and the weight, age, sex, and health of the person who took the drug. Generally, the body takes between a half-day to 42 days to eliminate a drug.
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