Prevention Against Drug Abuse

The fight against illicit drugs

So what is an illicit drug?

An illicit drug is a drug that is declared illegal by law enforcement. The possession of one of these drugs can result in imprisonment, as well as misdemeanor and/or felony charges.

What is an example of an illicit drug

Some examples of illicit drugs include:

  • Heroin
  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine (Crystal Meth)
  • Crack Cocaine
  • LSD
  • Ecstasy
  • Opium
  • Marijuana
  • PCP

For more information about these drugs and their effects, see the following link.

What are the consequences of using illegal drugs?

  • Illegal drugs can get you in trouble with the law. Charges that stay on your permanent record forever. It can prevent future higher education and job opportunities.
  • The use of illicit drugs can also lead to risky sexual activity. Unwanted pregnancies have often resulted from the use of illegal drugs.
  • There are also lots of health risks that come with the use of illegal drugs. Some of these include physical damage, nerve damage, and decelerated learning.

Who gets involved in illegal drugs?

  • 9% of the American population over the age of 12 uses illegal drugs
  • 5% of all Americans over the age of 18 report abusing prescription drugs
  • Although a large percent of people who use illicit drugs are underprivileged teens, drugs do not discriminate against race, sex, age, or financial situation. Anyone can and will get involved.

What are some signs and symptoms of drug abuse?

  • Loss of jobs or wages
  • Broken relationships
  • Drop in grades
  • Withdrawal from sports and activities
  • Excessive amounts of time spent alone
  • Complete loss of financial stability

What if your friend abuses drugs?

If a friend or someone you are close to is abusing drugs, you can follow these steps:

  1. Tell them that abusing drugs is a problem
  2. Take Action! Motivate them to stop using drugs
  3. Help them check into a professional rehab center
  4. Set a good example
  5. Be there for listening and support

Remember the 3 R's:

  • Patience
  • Persistence
  • Positivity