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Type of Drugs

New Psychoactive Substances
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Also often referred to as "Legal Highs", "New Drugs", "Designer Drugs". Originally, NPS were known as substances sold via Head Shops in Ireland. However, since this time, more new substances have emerged in Europe and can often appear in traditional drugs without a person knowing.
Dissociative drugs
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Dissociative are a form of psychedelic drug that alter perception. As with any drug, the effects are dose dependent. They distorted perceptions and feelings of disconnection / detachment from the environment and self. The word dissociative means detached from reality. Examples: Ketamine and nitrous oxide
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Also known as 'Sedatives'. Substance that depresses the central nervous system (CNS), resulting in calmness, relaxation, reduction of anxiety, sleepiness, and slowed breathing. Examples, GHB and benzodiazepines
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Are drugs that make people feel more awake, alert and energetic. Cocaine and amphetamines are stimulants.
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Also sometimes known as 'Hallucinogenic' type drugs. They be divided into further categories: psychedelics, dissociative, and deliriants. These can cause subjective changes in perception, thought, emotion and consciousness. Some may have other properties such as stimulation such as 2 CB. Examples of psychedelics: LSD, Mushrooms
Performance and Image Enhancing Substances
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Opioids encompass naturally occurring opium poppy derivatives, such as morphine and codeine, and semi-synthetic opiates like heroin and methadone. They are classed as narcotic analgesics - meaning they decrease pain reaction and sensation. Opioids can produce intense euphoria in a person and a sense of well-being. Side effects include sedation, respiratory depression, severe withdrawal, development of tolerance and dependence issues.
Over the Counter Painkillers
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Non-opiate based over-the-counter medicines used for mild to moderate pain relief, flu and other symptoms. Prolonged use can lead to dependence.
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When inhaled, solvents have a similar effect to alcohol. They make people feel uninhibited, euphoric and dizzy. incl: gas lighter refills, aerosols etc.
The HSE and Union of Students in Ireland (USI) ask students to think about drug safety measures when using club drugs
Harm reduction messages from the #SaferStudentNights campaign.
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