Drugs

There is never a legal age for drug use. All drugs are illegal for minors unless dispensed by and as directed by a medical professional or parent. Examples of drugs include opioids, fentanyl, and marijuana. Drugged driving is extremely dangerous and can be fatal.

Drugs kill more than cars, guns and falling 

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is part of the National Institute of Health (NIH). Drug Overdoses Kill More Than Cars, Guns, and Falling. Retrieved November 6, 2019

Drugs and your body, it isn’t pretty

Scholastic and National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2012). Drugs + Your Body: It Isn’t Pretty (Poster/Teaching Guide). Retrieved November 10, 2019

Teen brain under construction

Scholastic and National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2004). The Teen Brain: Under Construction. Retrieved November 13, 2019

Drugs and Your Body, It Isn’t Pretty

Drugs and your body it isn’t pretty (boy) Scholastic and National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2002) Drugs and the Body- It Isn’t Pretty. Retrieved November 12, 2019

National Institute on Drug Abuse.  (2014). Mind Over Matter: Prescription Pain Medications (Opioids).

Opioids:

Some opioids such as Vicodin, morphine, and codeine can be prescribed by doctors and may be helpful when taken correctly. However, when these drugs are taken incorrectly they can be dangerous and addictive.  Heroin is an opioid that is never prescribed.

  • Approximately 80% of current heroin users got started by first misusing prescription opioids.
  • The death rate from heroin overdose has grown four times greater in the past 10 years.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Overdose Graphics. Retrieved November 14, 2019

National Institute on Drug Abuse.  (2014). Mind Over Matter: Prescription Pain Medications (Opioids).  

Scholastic and National Institute on Drug Abuse.  (2016).  Prescription Pain Medications: What You Need to Know. 

Fentanyl:

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic (human-made) opioid that doctors can prescribe to patients who are in extreme pain. It is extremely dangerous if misused, and is sometimes added to illegal drugs sold by drug dealers.

  • Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine
  • Illegal fentanyl is responsible for many fatal overdoses in people who thought they were taking another drug.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Overdose Graphics. Retrieved November 14, 2019, from:

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for Teens is part of the National Institutes of Health. (2018, May). Fentanyl: A Big Danger in Small Amounts.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for Teens is part of the National Institutes of Health. (2019, May). Prescription Pain Medications (Opioids).

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for Teens is part of the National Institutes of Health. (2018, August). Opioids: Just the Facts.

Marijuana:

Marijuana is the dried leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant. The chemical THC in marijuana is responsible for many of the drug’s mind-altering effects. Non-medical marijuana is illegal in Ohio.

  • Marijuana can be addictive and it changes how the brain works
  • Research shows it can lower IQ if smoked regularly in the teen years
Scholastic and National Institute on Drug Abuse. Marijuana: You Receive a lot of Mixed Messages. Retrieved November 14, 2019

Additional sources:

 

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is part of the National Institute of Health (NIH).. Drugged Driving. Retrieved November 14, 2019

The National Institute on Drug Abuse(NIDA) is part of the National Institute of Health (NIH).  (2015, May). Marijuana Facts for Teens. Retrieved July 18, 2016

The National Institute on Drug Abuse(NIDA) is part of the National Institute of Health (NIH).  (2019, September). Marijuana. Retrieved November 14, 2019,

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