Illicit drugs are illegal substances sold by drug dealers or prescription drugs or household chemicals used for the purpose of getting high. The variety of illicit drugs include inhalants, pain medications, sedatives, cocaine, steroids, GHB, hallucinogens, heroin, MDMA, methamphetamine, and synthetic drugs. Most young people do not use illicit drugs, but those who do are at higher risk for lifetime addiction, risky sexual behavior, and overdose.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse Mind Matters series invites young teens to take a scientific journey to learn about the brain’s complex responses to specific drugs, including cocaine, inhalants, K2/Spice and Bath Salts, marijuana, methamphetamine, nicotine, opioids, and prescription stimulants.

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Assess you confidence level in eight different situations that could tempt someone to engage in substance use or compulsive behavior.

Be cautious when using words heavily stigmatized and learn a language about substance use disorders that's unified in the Addictionary by the Recovery Research Institute.


Get Tip for Teens fact sheets from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Find out the latest research on specific drugs the National Institute on Drug Abuse.


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