Medicines to Treat Disease

Age Range 7-11

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  • Medicines to treat Disease
  • Ellie's Medicine
  • Our Battle Against Bacteria
  • Our Battle Against Bacteria (Welsh version)
  • Medicines in the Body
  • Medicines in the body 2
  • Drugs in the Body - legal drugs
  • Drugs in the Body - illegal drugs
  • Drugs in the body - illegal drugs 2
  • Teacher Information

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Medicines and Drugs

Infectious diseases have been treated in a variety of ways in the past and, as bacteria mutate, new medicines will be needed in the future.

Learn about these treatments, and also what happens to medicines, and drugs, when they are swallowed, injected or inhaled.

What is a drug?

A drug is a substance which alters the way in which the body works. It can affect your mind, your body or both. In every society there are certain drugs which are used for medicine, and others which are used for pleasure. Usually some of the drugs which are used for pleasure are socially acceptable, while others are illegal.