Section 1: Different substances and drugs
This section accurately defines the terms 'substance' and 'drugs', explores different varieties of drug and examines how different drugs and substances can be categorised. Learners will look at the common names given to each drug, as well as the methods people use to take them and the effects they experience as a result. The reliability of drugs is also covered in this section and learners will look at useful sources which provide help and advice around drugs and substances.
Section 2: Why people take drugs and the laws surrounding drugs
Learners will gain knowledge about the reasons why people turn to drugs, including their background and lifestyle which may negatively influence their decisions. This section also looks at the classification system for drugs and the laws surrounding them, including the penalty and punishment people will face if they choose to get involved with drugs.
Section 3: The effects of substance misuse
This section explores the effects that drugs can have on various elements of a person’s life, including their health, finances, personal safety and social life. Other topics that are covered include the dangers of using substances, as well as the risks and desired effects that are associated with each one. The learner will also look at the neative effect substance misuse has on society as a whole.
Section 4: Perceptions of substance misuse
In this final section, learners will explore the different stereotypes that are linked to drugs and illegal substances and how the perceptions of drugs can be influenced by media reports. Useful sources that can be used to find the extent of substance misuse are explored in this section as well as the different ways that substance misuse can be responded to.