DRUGS – IT’S A LIFE CHOICE

DRUGS – IT’S A LIFE CHOICE

Our drug awareness scratch card, called ‘DRUGS – IT’S A LIFE CHOICEhighlights the dangers of taking or experimenting with drugs.

As part of our education and training initiative, this card should also be aimed at young people highlighting the issues surrounding the use and myths of drug misuse.

 

DRUGS, IT’S A LIFE CHOICE

 

We are endeavouring to PREVENT young people from trying drugs before it leads to potential addiction, brain damage or even death.

Our card is a scratch card, dispelling various myths about taking drugs, including New Psychoactive Substances (NPS). This is an interactive card with alternating consequences of taking these drugs.

Because of the volume of synthetic cannabinoids, and with some many new variations hitting the market annually, it was impossible to replicate a smell. The manufacturers of cannabinoids have purposely removed any distinct scent from the product and packaging to avoid detection by drug sniffing dogs.

DRUGS – IT’S A LIFE CHOICE’

Print Specialists UK have created this scratch card, based on ‘DRUGS – IT’S A LIFE CHOICE, sowing the seeds of doubt in young people’s minds about bowing to peer pressure, not being a guinea pig and thereby reducing the demand as part of an awareness campaign.

This too is an interactive card.

The audience for this card is aimed at young ages onwards.

It will be presented to the class by a tutor/trainer.

They will be asked to scratch one of the silver latex tablets.

Those that have scratched that the tablet will kill you, will stand up. Then those in a coma. The rest of them, with feeling drunk, will be told that this time they are lucky.

The idea behind this initiative is that we found statistics do not work with young people, so by humanising the effect of drugs would have a better reaction by seeing a friend stand up.

This is a hard-hitting campaign, based on short, sharp, shock and implant the element of doubt in young people’s minds when offered drugs, thereby reducing the demand for these substances.

WHAT IS NPS?

New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) is any substance which can produce a psychoactive effect in a person who consumes it and is not an exempted substance. These substances produce a psychoactive effect in a person if, by stimulating or depressing the person’s central nervous system, it affects the person’s mental functioning or emotional state.

One of the most commonly used NPS are the Synthetic (man-made) Cannabinoids. These NPS drugs come in colourful packaging with catchy names and are sometimes fruit scented. The packets contain a benign plant material that has been sprayed with different chemicals to give the user an effect when smoked. When the user smokes this material, they can experience various effects from feelings of general wellbeing to extreme hallucinations.

Connor only took SPICE once.

Four days later, his family made the harrowing decision

to switch off his life support machine
and donate his organs.

NO family should endure this.

With more drugs coming onto the market, now fake drugs are being supplied and who knows what they contain?

‘Illegal highs’ are synthetic and can vary in potency from either twice or 100 times stronger than cannabis and the effect is almost instant.

As everyone’s body chemistry is different, the consequences of taking these synthetic cannabinoids can be life changing or even deadly for some.

DRUGS DESTROY LIVES

6170

Drug deaths in the UK in 2022

4907

Drug poisoning deaths in England and Wales in 2022

212

Drug related deaths in Northern Ireland in 2021

1051

Drug related deaths in Scotland in 2022

NPS & THE LAW

The Psychoactive Substances Act makes it an offence to produce, supply, offer to supply, possess with intent to supply, possess on custodial premises, import or export psychoactive substances; that is, any substance intended for human consumption that is capable of producing a psychoactive effect. The maximum sentence can be seven years’ imprisonment.

PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE!

For more information, go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/teacher-training-drugs-alcohol-and-tobacco

Check out our other scratch & sniff cards called ‘What Do Drugs Smell like?’ at WHAT DO DRUGS SMELL LIKE? – Print Specialists UK

For any samples of our drug awareness initiatives, go to Contact – Print Specialists UK