Drugs are substances that can alter a person’s mood, perception, or behavior. They can be legal, like alcohol and tobacco, or illegal, like marijuana and heroin. People use drugs for different reasons, including to feel good, relieve stress, and improve their performance. Several factors can influence drug use, including a person’s family and friends, environment, and attitudes and beliefs. Drugs can lead to addiction, overdose, and even death when misused. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the most commonly used drugs are:
Most people in the United States drink alcohol at some point in their lives. According to NIDA, about 88% of adults have reported drinking alcohol at least once, and about 60% say drinking it in the past month. Alcohol is legal for people over 21, and it’s often used in social situations. When you drink alcohol, it affects your brain and central nervous system. Drinking too much can lead to problems with your health, including liver damage, heart disease, and cancer. It can also cause accidents, violence, and other risky behaviors. Always drink responsibly and never drink and drive.
Tobacco is another legal substance that’s commonly used. More than 16% of adults in the United States smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use is the country’s leading cause of preventable death. Cigarette smoking increases your risk for lung cancer, heart disease, stroke, and other health problems. Chewing tobacco can also lead to health problems, including mouth and throat cancer. If you smoke, quitting is the best thing you can do for your health. Many resources are available to help you stop, including counseling and medication.
Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the United States. It’s a mind-altering substance that comes from the cannabis plant. People use it for different reasons, including to relax or get high. Marijuana can be smoked, eaten, or vaporized. It can also be made into oils and other products. Some states have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use, but it’s still illegal under federal law. Using marijuana can lead to problems with memory, learning, and attention. It can also cause anxiety and paranoia.
• Prescription Drugs
Many people take prescription drugs to treat a variety of medical conditions. These drugs are safe when used as directed but can be misused. Commonly abused prescription drugs include painkillers, sedatives, and stimulants. Taking these drugs in ways other than prescribed can lead to addiction and overdose. If you take prescription drugs, follow your doctor’s directions and never share them with others. A recent survey found that about one in four teens has abused a prescription drug at least once.
Cocaine is a powerful stimulant that’s made from the leaves of the coca plant. It’s a white powder that’s often snorted or injected. People use it for its euphoric effects, but it can be very dangerous. When misused, cocaine can lead to heart attacks, strokes, and seizures. Several hundred people die from cocaine overdoses each year. If you or someone you know is using cocaine, get help immediately. Also, be sure to avoid sharing straws, dollar bills, or other objects that may have been in contact with the drug
Heroin is an illegal opioid that’s made from the poppy plant. It’s a white or brown powder that’s often injected but can also be snorted or smoked. People use heroin for its euphoric effects, but it’s dangerous. According to NIDA, heroin use has increased recently, especially among young adults. Most people who use heroin start by misusing prescription opioids. Using heroin can lead to problems with your health, including liver disease.
These are just a few of the most commonly used drugs. Always remember to use drugs responsibly and never use illegal drugs. Contact us today at 833-497-3808 if you or someone you know is struggling with drug abuse. We can help you get the treatment you need to recover.