While you're growing up, you might face peer pressure to try drugs. The decisions you make in these situations are up to you. You're the only one who can make healthy choices for your mind and body.
Drugs are especially harmful to someone who is still growing, because your body is less able to process them. Kids are smaller than adults and the smaller you are, the more a drug can affect you.
Everyone is different. While a substance may affect one person one way, it can affect a different person an entirely different way. Everyone has a different reaction to drugs.
There are many different types of drugs and substances that can affect your body. Some of the most common are:
- Marijuana (also known as pot, dope or weed)
Some common substances, such as glue, are also used as drugs. They may be sniffed, smoked or eaten. Abusing these substances by putting them in your body is just as dangerous as using illegal drugs.