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FAQ on Drugs

What are the consequences of abusing drugs?

Each drug has its own potential risks, and the risks can be potentiated by impurities or adulterants, and the unique reaction of each individual user. It is also noteworthy that taking drugs with alcohol is even more dangerous and can be fatal.

What will happen if taking more than one kind of drug at a time?

Taking more than one drug all at a time is extremely dangerous because even small doses of each may prove fatal. Complex interactions can occur among various types of drugs and increase the risk of a harmful or fatal outcome.

Is it true that it is less harmful to abuse psychotropic substances?

Absolutely NOT! Frequent use of psychotropic substances in high doses and for a long time is likely to distort an individual's perception of and response to environment. Drug users are likely to be a hazard to themselves and to others.

Can drug abuse make you happy?

No! Many drugs amplify mood, so if someone is angry, anxious, or depressed, drugs could make that person feel even worse. Even drugs that are thought to have a calming effect (like alcohol and tranquillizers) can release aggressive impulses. They can also weaken one's social and personal inhibitions, causing one to act in a manner he will later regret.

Are drugs addictive?

Yes! Drugs not only alter behaviour, but also create physical and psychological dependence to varying degrees. Physical dependence causes withdrawal symptoms when the drug is discontinued. Psychological dependence causes a craving for the drug to ease the abuser's mind.

How to say NO to drugs?

1. To say NO directly
2. To say NO using an excuse
3. To say NO with a counter proposal

Is it legal to take drugs?

Possession of dangerous drugs; smoking, inhaling, ingesting or injecting dangerous drugs is illegal. Maximum penalty: imprisonment for 7 years and a fine of $1 million.

What is the penalty of drug trafficking in Hong Kong?

Trafficking or manufacturing of dangerous drugs is illegal. Maximum penalty: imprisonment for life and a fine of $5 million.

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