"Know the risks before you make a decision about alcohol or drugs"

Alcohol and Drug Misuse

Alcohol is the most commonly used drug among students in grades 9 to 12. Cannabis (marijuana) is the second most common.

Alcohol and cannabis use increases greatly with each grade.

Reactions Vary

Trying Something for the First Time Could Kill You

Every person is different. Just because a friend or someone you know has tried a drug and been ok after does not mean your body will react the same way.

There are many factors that affect the way you react to a substance:

Health Risks

All drugs and alcohol pose risks to your health. Some consequences include:

How to Say NO

Make up an excuse that requires you to leave the situation:

Make up an excuse that will prevent you from being peer pressured:

Chances are that after you deny it once or twice, it will stop being offered to you

Misusing Prescription Drugs

Drug Examples Dangerous Because...
Opioid Pain Medication
  • Oxycontin
  • Percocet
  • Vicodin
  • Darvon
  • T3
  • Highly addictive
  • Over time, tolerance develops resulting in the need to take more and more to get the same feeling/effect
  • If too much is taken (overdose), breathing slows down and could eventually stop
  • Can be deadly in combination with other medications, drugs or alcohol
Stimulants
  • Ritalin
  • Concerta
  • Adderall
  • Focalin
  • Can be addictive
  • Can cause insomnia, digestive problems, erratic weight change
  • Overdose may lead to heart attack
  • Muscle damage (rhabdomyolysis)
  • Can be deadly in combination with other medications, drugs or alcohol
Tranquilizers
  • Valium
  • Xanax
  • Ativan
  • Lunesta
  • Numbutal
  • Can be addictive
  • When use is reduced or stopped seizures may follow
  • Can be deadly in combination with other medications, drugs or alcohol
Cough/ Cold Medication (Over the Counter)
  • Tylenol
  • Coricidin
  • TheraFlu
  • Robitussin
  • Can be addictive
  • Liver damage
  • Increased heart rate
  • Seizures and coma
  • Vomiting
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Can be deadly in combination with other medications, drugs or alcohol