Every parent and educator responsible for a child up to 8th or 9th grade will find the tools here to help him learn the difference between tobacco, alcohol and cannabis and other drugs. The aim of this course is that the child: 

  • Understands properly that cannabis is a trap
  • Knows to say no to his best friend, his cousin, his classmate, a stranger 


Is tobacco a drug?  

No. This product is harmful, toxic and dangerous for the health. We all know that using tobacco increases the risks of cancers, cardiovascular disease ...

Tobacco is not a psychotrope. Young people are the first to say that if tobacco made us “high” we would have no need for cannabis.

Tobacco is highly addictive (difficult to go without) but does not cause habituation (the need to increase the dose and then change products to obtain the same effect). The smoker will move from one cigarette to a pack a day, maybe two ... but he will stay on tobacco. It is far from the habituation associated with psychotropic drugs.

Tobacco is not a psychotrope. It does not affect the spirit, or change behaviour, we can get into a car driven by a smoker, we can talk to him with no problem. A smoker can succeed with long and difficult studies, tobacco will not be the cause of repeating a year or affect one’s academic trajectory.

You do not become a drug addict by using tobacco!

And alcohol ?

Alcohol is a sedative drug. Drinking regularly in large doses, one becomes an alcoholic.
Once an alcoholic, a person has only one solution: abstinence (ceasing to take all psychotropic substances).

Can you name some types of alcohol for me?
Cider, red wine, beer, whisky, cognac, vodka ...

A person who has a glass of wine or two every day will not become an alcoholic. If he has a large amount of alcohol or strong liquor regularly, that person will become an alcoholic.

Conclusion :

We cannot get on a scooter or in a car with someone who has drunk a lot of alcohol.
If a person takes alcohol too much and too often, they will become alcoholic.


Is it dangerous to have a little joint from time to time? 

See the section cannabis

Yes, cannabis is a gateway to drugs, it leads to drug addiction. It leads not only to dependency but also habituation, ie it is necessary to increase the number of joints (the level of active ingredient) to achieve the same effects. This is inevitable. This explains why users become poly-consumers (they will change their drug little by little, all the time keeping cannabis as a standby).

A drug user always says “I control the drugs, I can stop whenever I want to”. Is he right? 

No, it is always the drug which controls the person, because drugs are psychotropes, they affect the spirit.

Did you know:

- Cannabis stays in the body for a minimum of 28 days 

- Cannabis is released into the bloodstream in times of stress or fear and frequently causes traffic accidents and violence 

- The consumption of all psychotropic drugs (which affects the spirit), legal or illegal, causes malaise, depression, suicide 

- Alcohol is a potentalizer for all drugs, ie consuming alcohol and drugs together causes the mutual increase of their effects. The user will then quickly become a drug addict

- The mix of alcohol and cannabis makes you high and can cause an ethyl induced coma 

- A user of psychotropic drugs is at greater risk under anesthetic  

How do you stop taking drugs?

It takes 6-8 months for a regular consumer to completely stop his consumption of cannabis. Never forget that a consumer is under the influence of the product. He no longer has the desire to stop.

He must reduce and then cease consumption himself. Only abstinence is safe and allows a total withdrawal. Antidepressants or any other legal drug cannot be used as surrogates, they seriously affect health and withdrawal.


Did you know that poppers are the second most consumed drug in France after cannabis?

Volatile nitrates have similar effects to nitrous oxide.
It can also cause panic attack, palpitations and headaches. It is also responsible for death from anoxia.
It is carcinogenic and causes serious immune deficiencies.
This vasodilator is used in medicine with multiple precautions to counter heart disease and coronary spasms of angina.
It can cause cardiovascular and pulmonary incidents.


More and more, we are hearing testimony from school nurses, or students concerning the recreational use of poppers by high school students, boys and girls who have absolutely no idea of the dangers.
It is sought after for its rapid highs, poppers augment for a few seconds the mass of the brain and all the organs of the body with its psychedelic effects.  These young people are totally unaware that they are putting their lives in serious danger and are causing the premature aging of their organs: brain, liver, lungs, heart, kidneys, etc ...
There have been a number of cases of irreversible vision loss due to the degradation of the photoreceptive cells in the retina due to using it recreationally.



Cocaine is a strong powerful stimulant, did you know that it causes a very strong dependency?


Cocaine is made from part of the coca leaf. There are over 200 types of coca in South America, of which 2 types have leaves particularly rich in alkaloids.

The producing countries are Peru, Colombia and Bolivia.

During the chemical process for extracting cocaine, 98% of the nutritive and medical components of the leaf are destroyed.

Once picked, the leaves are put to soak for several days in a sort of lime.
Then a solvent, eg kerosene, is added.
After that the leaves are removed, sulfuric acid is poured in and one has crack, cocaine base.

To make cocaine, it must then be dissolved in acetone, hydrochloric acid and then pure alcohol.

To get 1kg of cocaine base takes

150 - 500kg of coca leaves, the quantity varies depending on the country and quality of the leaves.
250 - 600kg chemical product.
The chemical products used will then spread into the soil.

The effects of cocaine

stimulant of the central nervous system
cerebral attacks and hemorrhage
(very dangerous due to high blood pressure)
lung damage
hormonal disturbances
immune system deficiencies

convulsions, infarctus
perforated nasal septum
(caused by kerosene and other chemical products)
massive hypertension
attempted suicide


To learn more see the detailed description of other drugs, they can be found under the heading Psychotropic drugs/Pschotropic drugs: a detailed description.



Did you know ?

Educate your children


Are our physicians concerned by drug addiction ?

  • Yes
  • No


Physicians are the first witnesses of drug addiction (See: News or Did you know sections)

Can a psychotropic drug lead to ill being, depression, suicide?

  • Yes
  • No


Any psychotropic drug, be it legal - anxiolytic, tranquillizer, benzodiazepine, neuroleptic - or illegal - street drugs - leads to ill-being, depression and to suicide. See table with side effects of psychotropic drugs – Technical Information/Classification .

Voir le tableau des effets secondaires des drogues psychotropes (Fiches  / Classification)

Would you lend your car to your child knowing that he/she cannot drive ?

  • Yes
  • No


No parent would lend his car to his child knowing he/she has not learnt to drive. It would also be unconscionable to let one’s teenager go out without having taught him/her what drugs are. Nowadays availability of these products is such that youth can procure them in all the places they frequent – educational establishments, parties, class dinners, rallies, sport clubs... Parents must inform themselves objectively and scientifically about the products so to educate their children on drugs and provide them with the arguments to refuse them. Let us remember that drug addiction doesn’t just happen to others!

Is an occasional joint dangerous ?

  • Yes
  • No


A joint is made out of pure cannabis or grass; or hashish mixed with tobacco.
Alcohol is a general term, which covers a wide variety of products:
wine, cider, beer, port, cognac, whisky, vodka are types of alcohol with various rates of alcoholic content ranging from 5 to 90 ° (active principles)
Cannabis works the same way: but when we talk about a joint of grass or hashish, there are more than 100 varieties and its T.H.C. rate (active principles) –ranges from 4% to 35% - goes unnoted.alcools aux taux variés de 5 à 90 degrés ( principes actifs)

re poppers, aerosols, stain remover drugs?

  • Yes
  • No


AEROSOLS Nitrous oxide and other pressurized gases such as those contained in whipped cream canisters or computer anti-dust sprays also have hallucinogenic effects. In a few seconds they produce excitement, dizziness, euphoria, loss of consciousness and affect the central nervous system through lack of oxygen. Moreover they are inhaled under pressure and can provoke lung frostbite and vocal chords injuries, (eg. immediately after taking this drug the voice becomes lower.)

POPPERS Volatile nitrites have similar effects to nitrous oxide. Moreover they can provoke panic attacks, heart palpitations and headaches. They are also responsible for deaths by anoxia. They are vasodilators frequently used to relax sphincter muscles. They are carcinogenic and provoke serious immune deficiencies – such as AIDS.

STAIN REMOVER Stain removers are derived from ethylene. They are hallucinogenic but their effect is more calming, unlike poppers and aerosols, which are more stimulating. They cause damage that is neurological (deafness, tremor) and intellectual (dementia).