3 Important Things You Should Know About Drugs

Photo: (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

Photo: (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

It’s National Drug Facts Week, and it’s time to learn about the stuff that too many teens wrongly consider “mainstream.” 1 in 4 high schoolers have used an illegal drug in the past month, and many have no idea what they’re really doing to their bodies.

Just because you see people getting high in movies or music videos, or maybe even at the parties you go to, it doesn’t mean there’s anything OK about drug use. And it definitely doesn’t mean the people who do them are immune to their serious side-effects. Check out these crazy facts about drugs, all provided by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

+ 4 in 10 People Who Drink Before High School Will Become Alcoholics

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Alcohol IS a drug, and, according to NIDA, 4 in 10 people who begin drinking before the age of 15 eventually become addicted. The average American student turns 15 in ninth grade, which means that nearly half of all middle-school drinkers will face alcoholism someday.

+ Many Teens Think It’s OK to Try Crack, Cocaine + Heroin 

About half of high school seniors think it’s totally OK to try crack or cocaine once or twice, and 40% think it’s fine to try heroin. But drugs like these can become addictive the very first time you try them, not to mention the risk of serious side-effects like seizures, strokes and even death.

+ Drugs Can Lead to Breakouts 

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Among other, much more serious, problems hormone changes caused by drug use can lead to serious skin problems. Many drugs can even rot your teeth right out of your mouth, so if you like your grill the way it is, it’s best to stay clean.

All week, the National Institute on Drug Abuse will be shattering myths about drug use for teens and young adults. Take action below to take the National Drug IQ Challenge, and test your drug knowledge.

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