Drug Use & Misuse

What are drugs? Chances are, you have learned about the dangers of drugs in school. But what are they, and what do they do to your body?

Drugs are chemicals, substances or prescription medicine that will affect the way your body works. Drugs can be administered by inhaling, injecting or swallowing. After ingestion, they travel to your bloodstream where they can affect your brain function, increase or decrease your senses, cause you to become incredibly alert or extremely tired and can numb any physical or mental pain that you may be experiencing. 

People choose to do drugs for many different reasons, and while they may make you feel good, they are incredibly dangerous and highly addictive. You can become dependent on them, and they can be very difficult to get off of.

Stimulants

Stimulants are drugs that are prescribed for ADD or ADHD. If misused, they can cause heart failure, seizures, paranoia and addiction.

Opioids

Opioids are prescribed to treat temporary or chronic pain. If misused, you could experience decreased cognitive function, decreased respiratory function or death.

Antidepressants

Antidepressants are prescribed to treat anxiety or depression. If misused, slowed heart rate, seizures or even death.

Peer Pressure

Saying no can be really tough. Especially if you are in a group of your peers or family members. If you’re struggling to find a way out of a bad situation where drugs are being used, try these tactics.

Get out!

“Sorry, I can’t. I have to get home for dinner!”

Designated Driver!

“Can’t, I’m the designated driver tonight!”

Be honest!

“Nope. Drugs are really bad for you and I’m just not into that.”

Sports!

“Nah, my lacrosse team does random drug testing.”

Change of Plans!

“You know what? I’m starving! Let’s go out for a bite to eat instead.”