Affects of Drug Abuse

Informational Guide for Teenagers

What is drug abuse?

Drug abuse is a serious public health problem that affects almost every community and family in some way. Each year drug abuse causes millions of serious illnesses or injuries among Americans. Drug abuse also plays a role in many major social problems, such as drugged driving, violence, stress, and child abuse. Drug abuse can lead to homelessness, crime, and missed work or problems with keeping a job. It harms unborn babies and destroys families. There are different types of treatment for drug abuse. But the best is to prevent drug abuse in the first place.

Identifying the Problem

Here are some questions to ask yourself or someone you know. If the answer to some or all of these questions is yes, you might have an addiction.

  1. Do you think a lot about drugs?
  2. Did you ever try to stop or cut down on your drug use but couldn't?
  3. Have you ever thought you couldn't fit in or have a good time without drugs?
  4. Do you ever use drugs because you are upset or angry at other people?
  5. Have you ever used a drug without knowing what it was or what it would do to you?
  6. Have you ever taken one drug to get over the effects of another?
  7. Have you ever made mistakes at a job or at school because you were using drugs?
  8. Does the thought of running out of drugs really scare you?
  9. Have you ever stolen drugs or stolen stuff to pay for drugs?
  10. Have you ever been arrested or in the hospital because of your drug use?
  11. Have you ever overdosed on drugs?
  12. Has using drugs hurt your relationships with other people?

Source of Information

"Drug Abuse and Addiction: Easy-to-Read Facts." Drug Abuse and Addiction: Easy-to-Read Facts. N.p., 2014. Web. 14 Mar. 2014.