When it comes to drugs and drug abuse, there's the promise and there's the reality. If you've ever felt the pressure to use drugs, you've probably heard the promise. Some promises are specific to a drug: "Meth can help you lose weight" or "Steroids will make you a better athlete." Other promises are vague: "Getting high will help you relax." Watch this animated video to learn more about the promise and reality of drug use and abuse.
Hallucinogenic drugs are associated with psychotic-like episodes that can occur long after a person has taken the drug, and dissociative drugs can cause respiratory depression, heart rate abnormalities, and a withdrawal syndrome. The good news is that use of hallucinogenic and dissociative drugs among US high school students, in general, has remained relatively low in recent years. However, the introduction of new hallucinogenic/dissociative drugs, such as salvia, is of particular concern. In fact, salvia is currently the most widely used drug in this class.