Adolescence is a time of risk taking. For some adolescents, this includes experimenting with illicit drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, heroine, mushrooms, and other substances. These drugs are extremely harmful and often extremely addictive. This page provides information about many of these different illegal drugs, including their health and legal consequences.
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- Chloral Hydrate
- Club and Date Rape Drugs
- Diet Pills
- Drug Help Hotlines
- Drug Use and Abuse
- gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid (GHB)
- Phencyclidine (PCP)
- Prescription Drug Use and Abuse
- Alcohol and Drug Use links: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) list provides potentially useful resources for drug information and facts and educational materials.
- Drugs, Brain, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction: This National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) 30-page full-color booklet that explains in layman's terms how drug addiction is a brain disease that affects behavior, compared to addiction being viewed as a moral flaw. The booklet discusses reasons people may begin to take drugs, why only some people become addicted, how drugs work in the brain to reduce a person's ability to make sound decisions and use self-control, and how addiction is treated.
- Family Guide: This user-friendly Web site addresses family dynamics, mental health and the underage use of illegal substances. It includes resources such as videos, e-cards, activities, mental health dictionary, links, drug facts, and getting treatment. It also includes links to current news articles on substance abuse issues.
- FreeVibe: This interactive Web site for teens provides great information in layman's terms about the risks and affects of many different illegal drugs. It also includes links to news articles and personal stories, celebrity interviews, and an interactive "my anti-drug" campaign.
- National Association of Drug Court Professionals: This link provides a list of drug courts throughout the United States.
- National Families in Action: These guides for parents seek to prevent drug abuse by promoting policies based on science. The Web site includes guides to the drug-prevention movement, drug-legalization movement, drug-related state ballot initiatives, drugs and the brain, publications and resources for parents.
- Intervene: Community for Parents: Resources for parents from the program for a Drug Free America.
- Winners Don't Use Drugs!: Developed using real life kids' opinions, this McGruff comic activity book presents stories about why kids might try drugs. It includes stories and activities that emphasize keeping children from using drugs. The book includes a special pullout section for parents.
- Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
Have you read one of the books we have reviewed?