Do you know anyone who takes drugs as a way to escape life’s stresses – or simply to get high? Have you ever taken drugs “just for fun,” even just once?
You might think that the high you hear about from drugs sounds fun. You might be looking for a break from worries or stress – or family problems. You might think that doing drugs will be good for your social life, end pressure from your friends, or impress someone.
However, getting involved in drugs is illegal, dangerous, addictive, and even deadly. Cocaine, crystal meth, marijuana, ecstasy, GHB, and even heroin are common street drugs.
Depending on your body size, shape, and chemistry, drugs can either intensify or dull your senses. Drugs can cause seizures, heart attacks, or coma, even the first time. The people offering you drugs have no control over where the drugs came from – or what has been added to them. People sell drugs to make money. They may add deadly substances to make more money by using less of the drug.
Prescription drugs are the second most common group of drugs abused after marijuana among young people. It is particularly alarming because many students believe prescription drugs are safer than illicit drugs since prescription drugs are given out by healthcare professionals.
Prescription drugs are more deadly than heroin and cocaine combined, and since 2008, misuse and abuse by youth has increased by 33%, and overdoses have quadrupled in the last 10 years.
Painkillers are the most commonly misused drugs followed by stimulants like Adderall. 1 in 4 teens believes that a drug like Adderall is a good study aid.
There are several different types of synthetic drugs, and the two most common are synthetic cannabinoids (synthetic marijuana, K2, Spice) and synthetic cathinones (bath salts or jewelry cleaner).
After marijuana, synthetic cannabinoids are the second most frequently-used drug in teens. They mimic the same “high” that users get from marijuana. These synthetic drugs have a high appeal largely due to the ease of purchasing them. Many of the substances are legal to purchase, but they can be exceedingly dangerous.
Tips to Say No to Drugs
If you think taking drugs will make you more popular, help increase your athletic performance, let you have more fun at parties, or take away all your troubles in life – think again. If you are already taking drugs and you know this too well, get help today.
Drugs don’t solve anything – and they can ruin your life. Maybe you feel like your life is already “ruined.” Tell yourself that you deserve to be happy! Go to a trusted adult, school counselor, or “hotline” for your problem and get help, but never fall for the lie that any “drug” can help your current situation.
Be your own warrior for your best life ever.