Drugs & Alcohol

Almost 60% of teenagers will be exposed to alcohol or drugs during high school. Know the risks before you get involved.


Imagine you’re at a birthday party and its your turn to hit the piñata. You’ve just been spun around while blindfolded and now you’re dizzy and have a stomach ache from all that cake you ate earlier — that’s the feeling you might get from drugs and alcohol. They affect you physically and prevent you from thinking straight.

What can I do?

Ask yourself why you are considering or already using drugs and alcohol. Is it because you think “everyone is doing it?”

It’s up to you to make your own informed decisions when it comes to putting these damaging substances into your body. If you can’t stop using drugs or alcohol, seek help and talk to a friend, family member, or healthcare professional about treatment options.

Warning signs to look for in users:

  • Drowsiness, lack of motivation
  • Lack of effort in personal grooming or physical appearance
  • Frequent nosebleeds
  • Sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • Eyes that are bloodshot or pupils that are smaller or larger than normal

What are the effects of drug use?

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Nausea, vomiting, headaches, slurred speech, impaired judgement.


Drowsiness, bloodshot eyes, increased appetite, slowed reflexes, paranoia.


Heart muscle damage, nosebleeds, muscle tics, loss of concentration.


Heavy sweating, loss of appetite, nausea, headache, paranoia, sleeplessness, tooth decay.


High heart rate, muscle tension, feeling faint, insomnia, organ complications.


Nausea, vomiting, itching, foggy mental state, drowsiness, slowed breathing and heart rate.