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Health Topics - Other Drugs

A drug is substance, other than food, that affects the way our brain processes information, and/or the way our body normally works. It can affect the way we think, feel and act.

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    Types of Drugs

    taken from CAMH There are 3 main groups of drugs: depressants, stimulants, and hallucinogens. Click on each link to find out more information. Depressants Depressants slow down or depress the central nervous system, making people feel more relaxed and less conscious of their surroundings. Stimulants Stimulants excite or speed up the central nervous system, making people feel […]

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    Using Medications Wisely

    Most people don’t realize that a major risk factor for falls is medications. Certain medications are linked directly to falls because they can cause sudden drops in blood pressure or poor balance. For example drugs such as sleeping pills, blood pressure medications, depression and anti-anxiety medications and medications to treat Parkinson’s disease all can cause […]

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    Information for Parents

    Helpful Websites CAMH My kids on Drugs: What can I do? Parent Action On Drugs Safe Teens.org Videos Eggs on Weed WWW.CCSA.CA Peel Region- Drugs A resource to start the conversation about drug use and abuse (From Peel Public Health)

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