Drug use can hurt the people who take drugs and the people around them. This includes families, kids, and unborn babies.

Drug use can also hurt the body and the brain, sometimes forever.

Drug use can also lead to an addiction. An addiction is a long-lasting brain disorder. People with an addiction can't stop taking drugs on their own. They continue to use drugs even when they know that bad things can happen. Learn more about:

Visit the Easy-to-Read Drug Facts webpages listed under Drugs That People Abuse to learn more about the effects of specific drugs.

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