Drugs, including tobacco and alcohol, can result in overdoses, accidents, illness, and/or other health problems when used or misused.

Using drugs that are illegal or aren’t prescribed for you keeps people from having the best lives they can. This type of drug use can hurt your health, your ability to work, and your relationships.

Treatment works. It helps people recover from addiction. It's better for someone if you get them help early on, before their drug problem gets worse. More and more general doctors are trained to spot signs of a possible drug problem early and speak with the patient about it.

But the best protection from the dangers of drugs is to not start in the first place. Parents should watch their kids closely—even good kids will try drugs.

Know the facts about drugs and addiction:

Talk with your children:

Keep your home safe:

  • Put your medicines in a safe place so that others can't take them.
  • Get rid of medicines when you don't need them anymore. You can take them to your local "drug take back" event. You can also throw them in your trash by mixing the drugs with things like dirt, cat litter, or used coffee grounds.
  • Keep track of cleaners, spray cans, and other stuff in the house that could be inhaled to get high.