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There is a lot of information on the use of drugs in popular culture, on the Internet, and in daily conversation with friends and peers. Some of the information is accurate, but much of it is not. Find out as much as you can about illegal, legal, prescription drugs, and even over-the-counter drugs, and their effects on your body and your brain. Also, there are legal consequences for growing, manufacturing and dealing drugs, or providing them to willing or unwilling users. In many states, possessing drugs for personal use, or with the intent to distribute is against the law. Drug tests pick up evidence of drug use and there can be severe consequences for using these drugs.



Think Drug use doesn't hurt anyone? Think twice.

It's sometimes hard to see the damage that drugs cause—there's drug addiction, of course, but there's a whole lot more. The families, the medical system, the environment. Innocent kids, caught in the crossfire. Drivers killed or injured by those under the influence. Babies found at meth labs, their toys covered with chemicals. Victims of terrorists, whose acts are financed with drug profits.

Over 26,000 individuals died from drug-induced causes in the United States in 2002, seven times more than those killed in all of the September 11 attacks. Direct costs include those for drug treatment, health care, costs of goods and services lost to crime, law enforcement, incarceration, and the judicial system fees. Indirect costs are those due to the loss of productivity from death, human suffering, drug abuse-related illnesses, victims of crime and crime and its victims.

Most people affected by drugs aren't users. But they pay the price...and so do you. And when people choose to use, they are not just hurting themselves. Drug use isn't a victimless crime, although many people want you to believe that. Where do you think the money for a bag of marijuana goes? Or for a kilo of heroin? Or a gram of cocaine?

Where do you think the chemicals used in meth labs go once they are discarded? Where do they take the babies whose parents get sent to prison for manufacturing? Who pays to take care of these kids?

And what about you—do you mind sharing the road with a drugged driver? Do you want your little sister or brother riding on a school bus while the driver's high on drugs?

Think about it.



Did you know that marijuana and other drugs are involved in many traffic accidents and fatalities?

Many people are surprised to find out that after alcohol, marijuana is the next most prevalent substance found in impaired drivers. When used together, marijuana and alcohol have a significant impact on a driver's ability to perform.

According to government surveys which ask young people about their drug use patterns, about 600,000 high school seniors drive after smoking marijuana. 38,000 seniors told surveyors that they had been involved in accidents while driving under the influence of marijuana. And other surveys conducted by MADD and the Liberty Mutual insurance company revealed that many teenagers (41%) were not concerned about driving after taking drugs. And medical data indicates a connection between drugged driving and accidents— a study of patients in a shock-trauma unit who had been in collisions revealed that 15 percent of those who had been driving a car or motorcycle had been smoking marijuana and another 17 percent had both THC and alcohol in their blood.


For additional information go to "Just Think Twice."