Drug Abuse Prevention Facts

 

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medicationsThe following fact sheets (pdfs) are available for downloading:

Tips for Teens Methamphetamines (pdf) – Methamphetamine affects your brain. In the short term, meth causes mind and mood changes such as anxiety, euphoria, and depression. Long-term effects can include chronic fatigue, paranoid or delusional thinking, and permanent psychological damage. See the fact sheet for more about how methamphetamines affect your body. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families Administration on Children, Youth and Families Children’s Bureau)

Tips for Teens Marijuana (pdf) – Marijuana affects your self-control. Marijuana can seriously affect your sense of time and your coordination, impacting things like driving. In 2011, nearly 456,000 emergency room visits were related to marijuana use. See the fact sheet for more about how marijuana affects your body. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families Administration on Children, Youth and Families Children’s Bureau)

Tips for Teens Inhalants (pdf) – Inhalants affect your brain. Inhalants are substances or fumes from products such as glue or paint thinner that are sniffed or “huffed” to cause an immediate high. Because they affect your brain with much greater speed and force than many other substances, they can cause irreversible physical and mental damage before you know what’s happened.  See the fact sheet for more about how inhalants affect your body. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families Administration on Children, Youth and Families Children’s Bureau)

Tips for Teens Club Drugs (pdf) – Club drugs affect your body. Different club drugs have different effects on your body. Some common effects include loss of muscle and motor control, blurred vision, and seizures. Club drugs like Ecstasy are stimulants that increase your heart rate and blood pressure and can lead to heart or kidney failure. Other club drugs, like GHB, are depressants that can cause drowsiness, unconsciousness, or breathing problems. See the fact sheet for more about how club drugs affect your body. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families Administration on Children, Youth and Families Children’s Bureau)

Preventing Teen Abuse of Prescription Drugs (pdf) – Prescription drug abuse is the use of prescription medication to create an altered state, to get high, or for reasons—or by people—other than those intended by the prescribing doctor. (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids)