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Teens may use drugs for many reasons. They may want to:
Drugs can change how well you make decisions, how well you think, and how quickly you can react. They can make it hard for you to control your actions. Drug use can:
Drugs also can change how you feel about your life. Drug use can increase the risk of anxiety, depression, and suicide.
Do not drive while you are impaired, and do not ride in a car (or any type of vehicle) with someone who is impaired.
If someone offers you drugs, here are some ways to say "no."
Substances can include more than illegal drugs like heroin or meth. You also can have problems with alcohol, cannabis, prescription medicines, or medicines you can buy without a prescription.
You may have substance use disorder and need help if you have any of these signs:
If you think you need help:
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Current as of: March 22, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Christine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health
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