People of all ages, young and old, may benefit from knowledge about drugs to help make educated decisions. It is important to know about the different kinds of drugs that exist, understand how and why they may be used, their effects, and where possible problems can occur.
Below are some important points to consider when regarding drugs and their use:
- Drugs can be used in ways that threaten the health and social well being of the individual and/or others.
- Drugs most commonly abused are those that change or affect how a person thinks, feels, or acts. They are often referred to as mood-changing or psychoactive drugs. They include alcohol, all common street drugs, and medications used to relieve pain, calm nervousness and aid sleep.
- Mood-changing drugs can be used over and over again to change how a person feels. Repeated use can lead to addiction and dependency. Eventually the drug can control a person’s life.
- Using drugs that affect how a person thinks can be dangerous and/or problematic in situations that require concentration. Driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery while under the influence can be fatal for the user and those around them. Sport and school performances may decline.