Why do people take drugs?
People take drugs for all sorts of reasons. Because they think drugs can make them forget their worries, because their friends do, or because they think it might be fun.
It’s not always easy to describe what happens to people when they take drugs. It often depends on what mood they are in at the time, who they are with, where they are and the atmosphere of the place.
For further information on specific drugs, click on the links on this page.
FACT and fiction
“Drug dealers are usually shady looking men who hang about looking suspicious.”
FACT: Many people are offered drugs by their friends, or by people they know. You can’t tell if someone is a drug dealer just by what they look like.
“I can rely on what my friends tell me.”
FACT: Often friends know less than you do about drugs, but they may want to look as if they know everything. Don’t rely on what your friends say. To find out how to get real information about drugs contact one of the organisations listed below.
“If you’re into drugs there’s nothing you can do about it.” FACT: If someone you know is worried about their drug use here’s some things you can DO:
FACT: If someone you know is worried about their drug use here’s some things you can DO: