drugs - myths & facts

There are no easy answers to the problems caused by drug use, but knowing the facts can help you deal with drugs issues.

Myth: “All drugs are addictive”

Fact: Some drugs can create addiction or dependence much quicker than others. There is no evidence that people get ‘hooked’ after one or two uses, or that everyone who tries a drug will become addicted. Using a drug even once can cause serious problems. Addiction depends on the what, who, why, where and how of drug use.

Myth: “Only drug addicts have a problem”

Fact: Addiction or dependency is not the only problem drugs can cause. Some people have problems the first time they use a drug, or problems may develop as you use them more often. Drug use can affect your physical and mental health, your family life, relationships and your work or study. Using illegal drugs can also get you into trouble with the law or cause money problems.

Myth: “All illegal drugs are equally harmful”

Fact: Different drugs can harm you in different ways. Some drugs, such as heroin, are regarded as more dangerous because they have a higher risk of addiction and overdose, or because they are injected. However, each drug has its own risks. Drugs are often described as being either ‘Hard’ or ‘soft’ but it’s not as simple as that.

Myth: “Young people are tempted to try drugs by pushers”

Fact: Most young people are introduced to illegal drugs by a friend or someone they know. In many cases drugs are ‘pulled’ rather than ‘pushed’ – the person asks for it themselves, often out of curiosity.