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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 lead to depression and suicide.
If someone offers you drugs, here are some ways to say "no."
You may have a problem with drugs and need help if you have any of these signs of drug misuse:
Remember that drugs can include more than illegal drugs like marijuana or meth. You also can have problems with medicines your doctor gives you or medicines you can buy without a prescription.
If you think you need help:
Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd
Enter S971 in the search box to learn more about "Learning About Drug Use in Teens".
Current as of: February 5, 2019
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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