Learn About – Drugs


Understanding Drugs and Drug Dependence

Drugs, legal and illegal, are consumed across cultures, and are used for a wide variety of reasons, including, in the case of prescription drugs, to promote health. However, illegal drugs play a very different role in our society and the effect they have on those who use them.

Besides alcohol, which is still by far the number one abused drug, some of the most commonly abused drugs include: marijuana, amphetamines, methamphetamine, barbiturates, cocaine, methaqualone, opium alkaloids, synthetic opioids, benzodiazepines, including flunitrazepam (Rohypnol), gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), phencyclidine, methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, ecstasy), ketamine, anabolic steroids and a host of legal prescription drugs.

Regrettably, for millions of individuals and family members, drugs have become a source of devastating pain and loss. Many drugs are addictive and the state of addiction to drugs is known as drug dependence.

But, to begin to better understand drug addiction, there is a great deal we need to talk about regarding drugs and their effect on the individual, the family and many major problems faced by our society – crime, drugged driving and drugs in the workplace. In addition, we need to discuss the special role that drugs play in problems among women, veterans and seniors.

For basic facts and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), click HERE

For information about Marijuana, click HERE

For information about Prescription Drugs, click HERE

For information about Drugged Driving, click HERE

For information about Drugs and Crime, click HERE

For information about Seniors, Veterans and Women, click HERE

For information about drugs in the workplace and Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), click HERE

For information about signs and symptoms of drug abuse, click HERE