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The Truth About Drugs

The real answer is to get the facts and not to take drugs in the first place.

The number of drugs available continues to grow. Because there are no official controls over the manufacturing of street drugs, it is very hard to know what they contain, how toxic they are, and what effects they can have on the body.

Drugs are essentially poisons. In addition to their physical effects, many drugs have another liability: they directly affect the mind. They can distort the user’s perception of what is happening around him or her. As a result, the person’s actions may be odd, irrational, inappropriate and even destructive.

Drugs block off all sensations, the desirable ones with the unwanted. So, while providing short-term help in the relief of pain, they also wipe out ability and alertness and muddy a person’s thinking.

Medicines are drugs that are intended to change something about the way your body is working to try to make it work better. Sometimes they are necessary, but they are still drugs: they act as stimulants or sedatives and too much can kill you. So if you do not use medicines as they are supposed to be used, they can be as dangerous as illegal drugs.


People take drugs because they want to change something in their lives.

Here are some of the reasons young people have given for taking drugs:

  • To fit in
  • To escape or relax
  • To relieve boredom
  • To seem grown up
  • To rebel
  • To experiment

They think drugs are a solution. But eventually, the drugs become the problem.

Difficult as it may be to face one’s problems, the consequences of drug use are always worse than the problem one is trying to solve with them. The real answer is to get the facts and not to take drugs in the first place.


These pages of drugfreeworld.org are based on one in a series of publications that cover the facts about marijuana, alcohol, synthetic drugs, Ecstasy, cocaine, crack cocaine, crystal meth and methamphetamine, LSD, inhalants, heroin, prescription drug abuse, painkillers and Ritalin abuse. Armed with the facts, you can make informed decisions about drugs.

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