People usually take drugs because they want to change something in their lives. Here are some of the reasons young people gave for taking drugs:
They think drugs are a solution. But eventually, the drugs become the problem. The consequences of drug use are always worse than the problem one is trying to solve with them.
Drugs are essentially poisons. The amount taken determines the effect. A small amount acts as a stimulant (speeds you up). A greater amount acts as a sedative (slows you down). An even larger amount poisons and can kill.
Drugs block off all sensations, the desirable ones with the unwanted. While drugs might be of short-term value in the handling of pain, they wipe out ability, alertness, and muddy one's thinking.
Alcohol is the most commonly used — and abused — drug in the United States. The most commonly used illicit drug is marijuana.
Many users of methamphetamine (crystal meth) report getting hooked after the first time they used it. Next to meth, crack creates the greatest psychological dependence of any drug. Heroin is also highly addictive and is one of the three most frequently cited drugs in drug abuse deaths.
An estimated 208 million people internationally consume illegal drugs.
In the United States, results from the 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that 19.9 million Americans were illicit drug users in the month prior to the survey.