Why do people take drugs? - Opioid addiction, part 2
This one-page handout with accompanying video and audio recording educates people about why people take drugs, and how drug use can become drug addiction. It explains that some people take drugs to treat an illness, while others may take drugs to feel good, stop feeling bad, or improve performance. It clarifies that adolescents are at special risk for drug use because of peer pressure. The document discusses how drug use can lead to drug-seeking behavior, and defines addiction as a chronic, relapsing brain disease. Contact information for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline is provided.
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The English language resource was created or reviewed by a medical professional for quality and accuracy.