Illicit drugs harm brain and body
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.