What's the meaning of drugs?
Drugs are chemicals that change the way a person's body works. You've
probably heard that drugs are bad for you, but what does that mean and
why are they bad?
This is one kind of what you can use the drugs for:
Cigarettes and Alcohol
Cigarettes and alcohol are two other kinds of legal drugs. (In the
United States, adults 18 and over can buy cigarettes and those 21 and
over can buy alcohol.) But smoking and excessive drinking are not
healthy for adults and off limits for kids.
when people talk about the "drug problem," they usually mean abusing
legal drugs or using illegal drugs, such as marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine,
LSD, and heroin. (Marijuana is generally an illegal drug, but some
states allow doctors to prescribe it to adults for certain illnesses.)
These are some questions with answer about drugs
Why Are Illegal Drugs Dangerous?
Illegal drugs aren't good for anyone, but they are particularly bad for
a kid or teen whose body is still growing. Illegal drugs can damage the
brain, heart, and other important organs. Cocaine, for instance, can
cause a heart attack - even in a kid or teen.
While using drugs, a person is also less able to do well in school,
sports, and other activities. It's often harder to think clearly and
make good decisions. People can do dumb or dangerous things that could
hurt themselves - or other people - when they use drugs
Why Do People Use Illegal Drugs?
Sometimes kids and teens try drugs to fit in with a group of friends. Or
they might be curious or just bored. A person may use illegal drugs for
many reasons, but often because they help the person escape from reality
for a while. If a person is sad or upset, a drug can - temporarily -
make the person feel better or forget about problems. But this escape
lasts only until the drug wears off.
Drugs don't solve problems, of course. And using drugs often causes
other problems on top of the problems the person had in the first place.
A person who uses drugs can become dependent on them, or addicted. This
means that the person's body becomes so accustomed to having this drug
that he or she can't function well without it.
Once a person is addicted, it's very hard to stop taking drugs. Stopping
can cause withdrawal symptoms, such as vomiting (throwing up), sweating,
and tremors (shaking). These sick feelings continue until the person's
body gets adjusted to being drug free again.
Can I Tell If Someone Is Using Drugs?
If someone is using drugs, you might notice changes in how the person
looks or acts. Here are some of those signs, but it's important to
remember that depression or another problem could be causing these
changes. A person using drugs may:
• lose interest in school
• change friends (to hang out with kids who use drugs)
• become moody, negative, cranky, or worried all the time
• ask to be left alone a lot
• have trouble concentrating
• sleep a lot (maybe even in class)
• get in fights
• have red or puffy eyes
• lose or gain weight
• cough a lot
• have a runny nose all of the time
And the last thing:
What Can I Do to Help?
If you think someone is using drugs, the best thing to do is to tell an
adult that you trust. This could be a parent, other relative, teacher,
coach, or school counselor. The person might need professional help to
stop using drugs. A grown-up can help the person find the treatment he
or she needs to stop using drugs. Another way kids can help kids is by
choosing not to try or use drugs. It's a good way for friends to stick
Understanding drugs and why they are dangerous is another good step for
a kid to take. Below, we've listed some words that may be new to you.
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