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Drugs, gangs & substance misuse

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A-Z of Substance Misuse Awareness

Learning outcomes and discussion topics:

  • Qualifications
  • Drug classes in the UK
  • Drug categories and breakdown of each individual substance
  • Dependence and tolerance
  • Sought after and unwanted effects
  • Age of onset
  • Gender differences
  • Drug patterns over the last 2 decades in the UK
  • Drug-related deaths in the UK

1½ hour session, plus additional time for questions and answers.

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Drugs and the Law

Learning outcomes and discussion topics:

  • Qualifications
  • Annual drug-related arrest rates
  • 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act
  • Drug Classes A, B, C
  • Drug Offences: Possession, Supply and Trafficking
  • Driving and drugs
  • Police raids on your premises
  • Syringes and needles
  • Crown Court sentences for Class A, B, C
  • Being stopped by the Police
  • Drug titbits of information

1½ hour session, plus additional time for questions and answers.

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Drug Associated Definitions and Routes of Usage

Learning outcomes and discussion topics:

  • Qualifications
  • What is a drug? And how do we define it?
  • How are drugs taken?
  • How do we feel the effects of drugs?
  • Risks associated with methods of usage
  • Stages of usage
  • Reasoning of usage
  • Problems encountered by misusers
  • Blood borne viruses role play

1 hour session, plus additional time for questions and answers.

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Signs/Symptoms/Effects of Substance Misuse

Learning outcomes and discussion topics:

  • Qualifications
  • Physical symptoms
  • Behavioural changes at school
  • Analgesics/painkillers
  • Depressants/sedatives
  • Stimulants/uppers
  • Hallucinogenics

1 hour session, plus additional time for questions and answers.

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Cocaine and Crack Cocaine

Learning outcomes and discussion topics:

  • Qualifications
  • Personal experience with Cocaine
  • Countries of origin
  • Routes of distribution world wide
  • Law Enforcement Conference Evidence
  • How cocaine is manufactured
  • Drug Category & class
  • Street names and various other lingo for those involved with misusing cocaine
  • Routes of usage and mock demonstration of each
  • Physical and psychological effects of cocaine
  • Cocaine and alcohol
  • Fountain of Youth for 35+ year olds?
  • Cocaine and viagra
  • Societal perspective on cocaine – posh or common drug
  • Cocaine and violence
  • Cocaine’s annual impact on crime in the UK
  • Current treatment options
  • Harm reduction and cocaine

1½ hour session, plus additional time for questions and answers.

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Contributing Criminogenic Variables Leading to an Anti-Social Lifestyle - Is there a solution?

Learning outcomes and discussion topics:

  • Negative Early Variables
  • No Identity
  • Abandonment
  • Dysfunctional familial life
  • Familial addiction
  • Gang Culture
  • Peer Association
  • Prison Life
  • Academics
  • Self Help Programs
  • Maturational Reform
  • RehabilitationProsocial
  •  Lifestyle

An entire gauntlet of negative variables is highlighted in John's early and adolescent years which ultimately equated with him serving 24½ years in the "belly of the beast" of the Canadian Prison system. However, during his incarceration John turned his life around and he discusses how he did that and how he still maintains moving in a positive direction to this very day.

1½ hour session, plus additional time for questions and answers.

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Crack Cocaine

Learning outcomes and discussion topics:

  • What is crack cocaine?
  • How is crack cocaine made?
  • Routes of usage and mock demonstration of each
  • Comparing sniffing/snorting, injecting and smoking?
  • Physical and psychological effects of crack cocaine
  • Societal perspective on crack cocaine users
  • Crack cocaine and violence
  • Crack cocaine’s annual impact on crime in the UK
  • Current treatment options
  • Harm reduction and crack cocaine

1½ hour session, plus additional time for questions and answers.

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Heroin and Other Opiates

Learning outcomes and discussion topics:

  • Qualifications
  • Personal Experience with Heroin
  • Countries of Origin
  • How Heroin is manufactured
  • Drug Category & Class
  • Street names and various other lingo for those involved with misusing heroin
  • Routes of Usage and Mock Demonstration of each
  • Physical and Psychological Effects of Heroin
  • Current Treatment Options, adult and under 18’s
  • Harm Reduction and Heroin (Needle Exchanges)
  • My opinion on Governmental Intervention with this client group
  • Heroin’s annual impact on crime in the UK
  • Drug Related Deaths recorded each year related to heroin usage
  • NHS treatment costs per year for heroin addicts
  • Future prospective for heroin treatment in the UK

1½ hour session, plus additional time for questions and answers.

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Gangs, drugs, knives and guns

Learning outcomes and discussion topics:

  • Qualifications
  • Personal experience with gangs
  • Gang inclusion variables and cohesion
  • Introduction to deviant lifestyle and negative peer pressure
  • Media manipulation
  • USA’s hip-hop music scene’s influence on gang culture
  • Transformation of hoodies hangin’ out into juvenile gangs
  • 1%er Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs’ (Toronto’s Hell’s Angels) influence on today’s juvenile (and adult) gang culture
  • Prison gangs’ influence on street gangs
  • Drugs’ influence on gangs (cocaine, crack, heroin, cannabis, methamphetamine and ecstasy)
  • Prostitution and strip joints
  • Extortion/blackmail
  • Knives/guns – why people carry them?
  • Knife and gun crime comparisons between the UK, USA and Canada
  • #1 killer of all – ethnic minority male gang members between the ages of 12 to 26
  • The rise of female gangs – how dangerous are they?
  • What is the answer to curbing this gang culture

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heroin use

 

 

In despair

 

 

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Youhts - 'hoodies' - hangin' out