Illegal Drugs. An illegal drug is a chemical substance that people of any age may not lawfully manufacture, possess, buy, or sell. Drug Misuse. The improper use of medicines—either prescription or over-the-counter drugs—is called drug misuse. Examples of drug misuse include.
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An illegal drug is a chemical substance that people of any age may not lawfully manufacture, possess, buy, or sell.
The improper use of medicines—either prescription or over-the-counter drugs—is called drug misuse.
Examples of drug misuse include
A mood-altering drug, also called a psychoactive drug, is a chemical that affects brain activity.
Withdrawal symptoms include
Hepatitis and HIV If drug users share needles to inject drugs, contaminated blood left in the needle can carry disease-causing viruses from user to user.
Risks to Fetus and Newborn Drug abuse by a pregnant woman places her baby at risk for a broad range of developmental problems.
A drug abuser may:
The interests and activities that helped bind the person with family and friends may no longer exist.
Methamphetamine is a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder that easily dissolves in water or alcohol and is taken orally, by snorting, by needle injection, or by smoking
But, after the rush wears off, the user may become
Marijuana use is often a gateway to using other “harder” drugs, such as cocaine.
As marijuana users build up tolerance, they may seek out other drugs to experience the “high” they first got from marijuana.
Other gateway drugs: Alcohol, Smoking, and Inhalants
Many abusers deny their behavior; others deny the underlying problems that led them to drug abuse.
Signs of Possible Drug Abuse
Treatment options for drug abusers include
Programs exist for family members trying to understand their loved one’s drug problem.
Some drug treatment programs are available at little or no cost.
Engage in physical activity. Physical activity boosts your mood and relieves the negative effects of stress.
Volunteer. Helping other people can give you a good feeling about yourself, too.
Join a youth group. Participating in a youth group can give you a sense of belonging and a connection to others.
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