The effects of drugs on women’s lives

Since I arrived to Melbourne I followed social media as part of my habits. I followed an important health campaign run by Australian Government, Victoria Police, among other public and private organisations to protect youth people from dangers caused by one of the highly addictive drugs, Ice, a stimulant drug which increase the speed of the messages in the human brain increasing erratic or violent behavior in users. Furthermore, one of the most dangerous drugs affecting the life of thousands in Australia. My concern appeared when I read more information and I found the high level of dependency Ice provoked in users. Considering this fact, a person wouldn’t need to use it for a long time before getting attached to it.

I started to follow more information about people, who suffered from this kind of disease and most of the time I found explanations of how some users had diminished the credibility of regular campaigns and information online and media. For that reason I decided to work as part of W-Strength in a tool of communication to increase the attention of youth in different countries about the use of drugs for another criminal behaviour beyond selling them to teenagers. Different drugs could be used also to increase the risk of sexual attack, sexual harassment, rape, among other crimes like robbery or kidnapping.

Considering the risks is important to consider the effects in local community, as well as, in different countries, where similar problems used to affect the safety, at some point, of millions. Particularly, when criminals acted observing citizens in similar conditions as companies observed them in the market, the younger the user it would be better for the profit of illegal groups, which are not interested  in the highest price for  citizens in different social spheres, their families, communities with part of their population living under the line of poverty, violent crimes, abuse, among other social issues.

The purpose of creating this information search for  increase the awareness between young women about the effects of different drugs, which are not necessarily known as part of rape drugs but they also are able to modify the users attitude and behaviour, increasing the opportunity of men to attack women easily. There is a difference in the number of cases of what is defined by Western legal systems as sexual assault, for example, the Australian legal system expressed as “a physical 5 Part 1: The Issue in Overview assault of a sexual nature, directed toward another person where that person:

• Does not give consent; or

 • Gives consent as a result of intimidation or fraud; or

• Is legally deemed incapable of giving consent because of youth or temporary/permanent incapacity.”

Sexual assault includes offences such rape, sodomy, buggery, oral sex, incest, carnal knowledge, unlawful sexual intercourse, indecent assault, and assault with intent to rape or commit unnatural offence.

Of course, the numbers of sexual assaults and rapes would be different when you compared the situation of women in cities from Australia with those located in Brazil or Spain; or if you do something similar with the cases in The United States to contrast the situation of women living in South-East Asia.

For increasing awareness about the kind of drugs use to rape without needing to force the victim you could visit Drugs Effects. However, it is important for you the information about other kind of drugs, which also can increase the opportunities of rapists interested in taking physical advantage over her victim because they could ignore beforehand this information.

Effects of drugs

Ice, also known as: Crystal meth, shabu, crystal, glass, shard, p.


  • Feelings of pleasure and confidence.
  • Increased alertness and energy.
  • Repeating simple things like itching and scratching.
  • Enlarged pupils and dry mouth.
  • Teeth grinding and excessive sweating.
  • Fast heart rate and breathing.
  • Reduced appetite.
  • Increased sex drive.

Long term issues

  • Extreme weight loss due to reduced appetite.
  • Restless sleep.
  • Dry mouth and dental problems.
  • Regular colds or flu.
  • Trouble concentrating.
  • Breathlessness.
  • Muscle stiffness.
  • Anxiety, paranoia and violence.
  • Depression.
  • Heart and kidney problems.
  • Increased risk of stroke.
  • Needing to use more to get the same effect.
  • Dependence on ice.
  • Financial, work or social problems.


The effects from this drug could last for around 6 hours, but it might be hard to sleep for a few days after using it.
Also known as: C, coke, nose candy, snow, white lady, toot, Charlie, blow, white dust or stardust.
  • Happiness and confidence.
  • Talking more.
  • Feeling energetic and alert.
  • Quiet contemplation and rapture.
  • Feeling physically strong and mentally sharp.
  • Reduced appetite.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Enlarged (dilated) pupils.
  • Higher blood pressure and faster heartbeat and breathing (after initial slowing).
  • Higher body temperature.
  • Increased sex drive.
  • Unpredictable, violent or aggressive behaviour.
  • Indifference to pain.

Long term issues:

  • Insomnia and exhaustion.
  • Depression.
  • Anxiety, paranoia and psychosis.
  • Eating disorders and weight loss.
  • Sexual dysfunction.
  • Hypertension and irregular heartbeat.
  • Sensitivity to light and sound.
  • Hallucinations.
  • Heart disease and death.

Snorting cocaine regularly can also cause:

  • Runny nose and nose bleeds.
  • Infection of the nasal membranes.
  • Perforation of the septum.
  • Long term damage to the nasal cavity and sinuses.

Extra: Injecting cocaine and sharing needles may also cause:

  • Increased likelihood of overdose.
  • Tetanus.
  • Hepatitis B.
  • Hepatitis C.
Heroin, also known as smack, gear, hammer, the dragon, H, dope, junk, harry, horse, black tar, white dynamite, homebake, china white, Chinese H, poison, Dr Harry.



The following effects may be experienced and last for 3 to 5 hours:

  • Intense pleasure and pain relief.
  • Relaxation, drowsiness and clumsiness.
  • Confusion.
  • Slurred and slow speech.
  • Slow breathing and heartbeat.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Tiny pupils.
  • Reduced appetite and vomiting.
  • Decreased sex drive.

If a large amount or a strong batch of heroin is consumed, the following may be experienced:

  • Trouble concentrating.
  • Falling asleep (‘going on the nod’).
  • Wanting to urinate but finding it hard to.
  • Itchiness.
  • Irregular heartbeat.
  • Cold, clammy skin.
  • Slow breathing, blue lips and fingertips.
  • Passing out.
  • Death.
Scopolamine, also known as Devil’s breath, Devil rush and Hyoscine.


Incidence not known:

  • Blurred vision.
  • Chest pain or discomfort.
  • Difficulty with urinating.
  • Dilation of the pupils.
  • Dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position suddenly.
  • Eye pain.
  • Flushing or redness of the skin.
  • Mood or mental changes.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Rash.
  • Redness of the white part of the eyes.
  • Restlessness.
  • Seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Slow or irregular heartbeat.
  • Sweating.
  • Unusual tiredness.
  • Unusually warm skin.

Soon you will have more information about this issue and something interesting.

Source: ADF   and   WebMD

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