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What Do You Know About Drug Abuse?

Drug abuse and addiction affect more than just the person using the drugs. These behaviors can break apart families, ruin personal relationships, and make it difficult to keep a job. Learn more about drug abuse and its effects by taking this quiz, based on information from National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

1. People who abuse drugs are weak-willed individuals who could control their craving for drugs if they tried.
2. Marijuana is the most commonly abused illicit drug in the United States.
3. Although "club drugs" got their start at all-night dance parties among teens, these illicit drugs have moved into mainstream culture.
4. In the U.S. over the last few years, the number of people abusing controlled prescription drugs has grown.
5. Anabolic steroids are the same as corticosteroids, and both types of drugs have the same dangerous side effects.
6. Even one session of repeated "sniffing" of an inhalant can cause heart failure and death.
7. Different drugs produce different symptoms, so it's not always easy to tell when someone is abusing a substance. One possible sign of drug abuse in teens, however, is when grades slip and school attendance becomes irregular.
8. If you suspect that a loved one is abusing drugs, wait to discuss the issue with the person until he or she is not high.
9. Most people who are treated for drug abuse need to stay in treatment for at least three months.

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child's physician. The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.