Explains the mental health effects of recreational drugs, what might happen if you use recreational drugs and also have a mental health problem, and suggestions for where to find support.
There are four main groups of drugs, divided according to their major effects, plus a few substances that do not easily fit into any category. The main categories are:
These vary a lot. The same drug may have different effects at different times.
These may make you feel:
The experience may be powerful and not much fun.
These are synthetic substances created to try to mimic the effects of existing drugs in the categories above, to get around the law. They used to be called 'legal highs' but all such substances are now illegal.
Most have unknown effects in addition to their intended effect, and trying them is therefore extremely hazardous.
This information was published in November 2016.
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