ALCOHOL and DRUGS
Some people use alcohol and drugs to fit in; others to cope with problems they feel they can’t deal with otherwise. Being under the influence lowers your inhibitions and you could find yourself in situations you’d avoid if you were sober. You deserve to have a healthy body and the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re in charge of your decisions. In this section we’ll discuss the consequences of using and abusing the most common drugs.
- Alcohol - Beyond being illegal, teens drinking can have a serious impact on their development.
- Heroin - Heroin comes from the opium poppy that was cultivated in lower Mesopotamia around 3400 BCE. Commonly administered intravenously (into the vein) by injection, heroin is two to four times more potent than morphine.
- Marijuana - Marijuana can affect your body and mind any time it gets into your system.
- Meth - Meth is a very addictive stimulant drug that can be smoked, injected, inhaled or swallowed. It is chemically related to amphetamines but, at comparable doses, the effects of meth are much more potent.
- Prescription Drugs - Although teens are turning away from so-called “street” drugs, now there’s a new threat from the family medicine cabinet: the abuse of prescription (Rx) and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.
- Synthetic Drugs - These man-made chemicals are applied (often sprayed) onto plant material and marketed as a “legal” high. Users claim these drugs mimic (THC), the primary psychoactive active ingredient in marijuana. However, usage can be devastating.
- Tobacco - Most teens today have been taught that smoking is dangerous, and it’s important to reinforce. Learning about how dangerous cigarettes can be is key.