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.
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.
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.
Tobacco refers to nicotine products like cigarettes and chewing tobacco. E-cigarettes [vaping] are battery-powered devices that provide nicotine and other additives to the user in the form of an aerosol. The nicotine in tobacco and e-cigarettes is a highly addictive drug. Both are not legal in Ohio until the age of 21.