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What Is a Drug?

A drug is a substance which by its chemical nature affects the structure and function of the living organism. This definition includes prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, illicit drugs, chemicals and food.

Alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, coffee, heroin, cocaine, solvents, anti-anxiety medications, cough syrup, LSD, and tranquilizers are all examples of drugs.

Why Do People Use Drugs?

  • to treat a medical problem
  • to lower inhibitions
  • to relax
  • to fit in
  • to experiment
  • to feel good  

Source: Narcotic Educational Foundation of America

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