Illicit Drugs - Health and Physical Education Assessment Task.

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Definition of a drug:

Any substance which, when taken into the body, alters the body's function physically and/or psychologically; excluding food, water and oxygen.

Description of drugs:

Steroids: Steroids are derived from the male sex hormone testosterone. This drug assists in the growth and repair of tissue. Steroids will also increase the development of male sex characteristics. Injecting steroids into the body is the most popular way to take it, however it may also be taken orally.

Cannabis: Also known as marijuana, hashish, pot, grass, weed and dope, cannabis is a drug that is taken off cannabis plants. It then can be smoked (which is the more popular option) but it can also be taken orally. Taking it has severe side effects and it is illegal to trade, own or use in Australia.

Ecstasy: Ecstasy, more formally known as methylenedioxymethamphetamine, is a drug that is associated with many night clubs and bars.

It is seemed as a weaker drug; however it still has a risk of killing the users. Ecstasy is usually taking orally through pills. The designs of pills vary from place to place.

Heroin: Heroin is one of the more addictive drugs and one of the most abused drugs in Australia. From the morphine family, heroin comes in many forms. The main form it is traded and used in is in powder form. The colours of the heroin vary from seller to seller. Heroin can be injected, smoked or snorted. Injecting heroin has much greater side effects in comparison to smoking and snorting.

Short-term and long-term effects of drugs:

Steroids: Steroids cause many changes mentally and physically. Mentally, the make the user extremely paranoid, become extremely aggressive (also called roid-rage) and causes headaches and migraines to occur more often. The physical side effects of taking heroin include changes...