Il­licit drugs harm brain and body

Broome Advertiser - - OPINION - Se­nior Sergeant Les An­drews

In WA, it is il­le­gal to pos­sess, use, man­u­fac­ture, cul­ti­vate or sup­ply an il­licit drug.

Penal­ties vary de­pend­ing on the of­fence.

Drugs con­tain chemicals that make changes to the cog­ni­tive abil­ity of the brain.

Il­licit drugs are il­le­gal be­cause they have no real ben­e­fit other than to pro­duce pe­ri­ods of eu­pho­ria.

Stud­ies show they ac­tu­ally cause more harm to the brain and body and aren’t worth the risk.

Drugs re­act in the brain to change the way the body feels.

The brain is the mas­ter con­trol cen­tre of the body and it sends mes­sages to the rest of the body based on the sig­nals it gets from chem­i­cal mes­sen­gers or drugs.

Most of the chem­i­cal mes­sen­gers are ac­tu­ally made in the body to do spe­cific jobs in the brain.

But drugs, which aren’t made by the body, are chem­i­cal mes­sen­gers that can send the wrong mes­sages to the brain, which then sends the wrong sig­nals to the body.

In essence, if the brain gets the wrong mes­sages from drugs, you can end up see­ing or hear­ing things that aren’t real, feel­ing things that aren’t there, or do­ing things you wouldn’t nor­mally do. Drugs can: Make your heart beat faster. Cause liver dam­age. Make your body moves slower.

Make your breath­ing too fast or too slow.

Af­fect the way you see, hear, smell, think, move and eat.

Change the way you in­ter­pret what is go­ing on around you, and the way you act and re­act in cer­tain sit­u­a­tions.

From a com­mu­nity per­spec­tive, we also need to take a hard stance against any per­son who is pre­pared to sup­ply il­licit drugs to our kids. This de­spi­ca­ble act is set­ting our kids up for a life of dif­fi­culty and it should not be ac­cepted.

If you know of any­one who is in pos­ses­sion of any il­licit drugs, or man­u­fac­tur­ing or sup­ply­ing them to peo­ple, please call po­lice.

Any per­son con­victed of a drug of­fence will re­ceive a crim­i­nal record and this can lead to dif­fi­cul­ties in get­ting a job or visas for over­seas travel. Se­nior Sergeant Les An­drews is the of­fi­cer-in-charge at Broome Po­lice Sta­tion.

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