Year 8 Research Legal and Illegal Drugs

Year 8 have started a challenging PSHE topic looking at the dangers of different drugs. We started our research by considering if all drugs are harmful.

The pupils were surprised to see that everyday drinks such as coffee are classified as drugs. We also considered the use of drugs by Doctors to help improve the health of a patient.

Our next task was to sort a list of drugs into one of three categories: legal, illegal and medicines. Some definitions were then given.

The Year 8 pupils were introduced to new vocabulary such as addiction, depressant and overdose. We held a class discussion about what these words might mean.

Each pupil was then asked to research two drugs in particular. Ideas included if they were legal or illegal, the effects that they might have and if they are able to help us or not.

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