Drug use can hurt all parts of your body and cause health problems that don't go away.

Drug use, including smoking, can cause diseases that can kill you, like:

  • heart disease
  • stroke ("brain attack")
  • cancer
  • HIV/AIDS
  • hepatitis (a liver disease)
  • lung disease

A person misusing drugs is more likely to have accidents while driving, at work, at home, at parties—anywhere.

Drug misuse can make people angry and violent. People misusing drugs can hurt themselves and other people.

Drug misuse can make people with depression feel worse. It might feel so bad that they want to end their own lives.

Drug overdoses can kill people.

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