Summary

In this study session, you have learned that:

  • Psychoactive substances that can alter mood and distort perceptions include: alcohol, khat, nicotine (found in cigarettes), cannabis (marijuana or hashish), cocaine, heroin and petrol fumes.
  • Substance abuse can have negative economic, social, physical, psychological, and most importantly health consequences for young people.
  • It can be difficult for young people to alter a habit of substance abuse as these substances can be addictive.
  • Trafficking and migration may expose young people to various forms of abuse. When they perceive their situation as hopeless they may resort to substances.
  • You can help to prevent substance abuse through a programme of education and support for those who wish to quit.
Last modified: Tuesday, 24 June 2014, 2:00 PM