The issue

Why are recreational drugs a problem?

Recreational drugs have a wide range of effects, and different people can respond / react to them in varying and different ways. In general terms the effects that are of aviation safety concern include:

  • changes to mental function, thinking, and decision making
  • changes to the sensory functions of the body
  • reduction in co-ordination and physical performance
  • potential for incapacitation, and
  • changes to behaviour
  • can trigger a mental illness including psychosis

Some of these effects can occur because of the drug itself, and some can occur afterwards (like a hangover), or because of withdrawal from the drug.