"We need to talk to young people about drugs and make sure they understand that drugs are dangerous, addictive substances."

John P. Walters


Drugs and alcohol can ruin your life. What more is there to say? If you look at the various other subject headings you will gain more information about this problem. Alcohol and Tobacco cause the most serious problems among teens. Be aware. Be careful. Go to this site for more information on each

Substance Abuse

Many teens are tempted to experiment with different types of drugs. Whether they are pressured, curious, or just flat out bored, the consequences still remain. Most of the time, your experience with the drug leads to addiction, which leads to abuse. Too much of anything is bad for you, and sometimes knowing what you're dealing with, or using, is an important step in moving on from it. No matter what it is you feel you are addicted to, there IS HELP OUT THERE. It isn't that hard to come by.
If you are shy, or afraid to go to the doctor/contact a rehab center, contact Counselor Paul, he will be happy to help you with whatever it is you need, even if it's only moral support. When I see my friends that are involved and consume drugs, I wonder if they know the effect that has on their body. Sure it may be fun right now, but long term affects can really do some damage to your body. Here are some links for further information that I found useful.

Not Even Once

Everyone who is tempted to use drugs should see this. With disturbing before and after photos of drug user's faces, a new anti-drug campaign may succeed where others have failed, grabbing teen's attentions by appealing to their vanity. The pairs of mug shots, which graphically display the damage drugs can do to the face, were collected by the sheriff's office in Multnomah County, Oregon. (Portland) Faces that were normal — even attractive — in initial photos, shot when addicts were first arrested, metamorphose over years, and sometimes just months, into gaunt, pitted, even toothless wrecks. The photos are part of a 48-minute documentary called "From Drugs to Mugs" created by Deputy Bret King. King hopes that the documentary, which is available on a DVD along with a CD of mug shots, will help scare kids straight by showing them concrete evidence of damage that can occur within months from using meth, heroin or cocaine. Perhaps the most stunning feature of the photos is how quickly the face is damaged. That speed isn't surprising to addiction experts. Meth, for example, can cause small blood vessels around the face to constrict, says A. Thomas McLellan, director of the Center for Substance Abuse Solutions at the University of Pennsylvania. So consequently, the gums shrink as they do in old age, says McLellan, also former deputy director of the United States Office of National Drug Control Policy. The teeth that remain can become discolored and black. Both meth and heroin are often cut with sugar, McLellan explains. And you get acne from oily or sweet things, so if you're injecting the sugar into your veins it's even more direct, he adds. Other impurities can cause lumpy cysts on the face and other areas of the body, such as the armpits and groin, McLellan says. As for the facial sores: Sometimes meth users will hallucinate and get the sensation that there are bugs crawling under their skin, Mooney says. Trying to get relief, they'll sometimes pick at their skin until there are open sores.