Depressants are a group of substances that slow down messages between your brain and your body. They are used for their relaxing and euphoric effect.
Alcohol affects the brain by slowing down messages sent to the body. While it can bring feelings of happiness to some, others may experience sadness or aggression. Common forms of alcohol include beer, wine, and liquor like vodka.
Benzodiazepines are used medically for sleep, anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and alcohol use disorder. However, their anti-anxiety effect is often overused in non-medical ways.
Date rape drugs are used with the intention of sexually assaulting a victim. They are often “slipped” into the victim’s alcoholic beverages. They may sedate, confuse or impair the memory of the intended victim.
Nicotine is a key component in cigarettes and e-cigarette or vaping products. It provides a fast relaxing effect, but is highly addictive.
Opioids are a family of drugs that provide pain relief. In addition to pain relief, opioids may be used for relaxation and a sense of euphoria.
This video created by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction dives into all components of alcohol consumption, including the impact on health.
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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder NL (fasdNL) offers a range of alcohol-related resources.
You can view this information here.
This website offers information on vaping, including resources for parents, educators, and a Newsline to subscribe to for updates.
You can view their website here.
The government of Canada provides extensive information on vaping, and the potential harms, as well as various resources.
You can view the information here.
This provides educators (and the general public) information on vaping, and how to facilitate healthy conversations with youth.
You can view the document here.
Provides a youth-focused summary of the recommendations in Canada’s Guidance on Alcohol and Health. Offers concise, image-based explanations of the risks and harms from alcohol consumption on an increasing scale. Includes information specifically for youth as well as tips to reduce alcohol-related risks.
You can find the pdf here.