PSHE/Citizenship GCSE: Rose's experience of taking legal high drugs

Rose describes how she collapsed after smoking a 'legal high' at a music festival.

She reflects honestly about her experience.

At 16, Rose attended a music festival with some friends, and was offered a 'legal high' called 'Pandora's Box'.

Soon after smoking the drug she collapsed, unconscious, and was rushed to Accident and Emergency in an ambulance.

At the time she thought she was going to die.

Rose's story is interspersed with graphics, which explain in detail the chemical and biological processes that were taking place in her body as she was taking drugs.

The film also highlights key statistics in relation to young people's drug taking, confirming that only a very small minority of young people have ever tried them.

This clip is from the series Drink and Drugs: My Story.

Teacher Notes

The clip could spark some discussions in class regarding drug use and the perception of legality.

Rose has taken something called a 'legal high', it's easy to think because something is legal it is safe, but is it?

If you've taken drugs before how could that affect your decision making later if the opportunity arises again? What about if someone offers you a 'legal high'? How do you know it's safe?

Why do you think that the second time Rose smoked Pandora's Box it had a different effect?

Students could be encouraged to share one thing they have learned from watching Rose's film or one thing they would do differently under the same circumstances.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching the dangers of drug use in PSHE and Citizenship. This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC KS4/GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 in Scotland.

More from Drink & Drugs: My Story

Jade's experience of taking mephedrone
Lorne's experience of smoking cannabis
Sam's experience of using ketamine
Alan's experience of drinking alcohol at 14
Anna's experience of drinking alcohol at 17
Emily's experience of drinking alcohol at 16
Jordan's experience of drinking alcohol at 16