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HEALTH AT RISK: D 29 G ADDICTION (uh DIK shun) dependence on something to feel normal or good; the need for a substance that is habit-forming DRUG ABUSE (drug ub YOOSS) the use of any drug, legal or illegal, in a way that is not prescribed or recommended DRUG TREATMENT CENTER (drug TREET ment SEN tur) a clinic or other medical facility where people are admitted to get over drug abuse. Often the patient must stay at the center 24 hours a day for several weeks or months. $8- (dee ex em) the chemical dextromethorphan, a common ingredient in cough syrup.
Experts say the way people look or act often changes when they use drugs. Here are some signs to look for: • Changing friends (to hang out with kids who use drugs) • Sleeping a lot (maybe even in class) • Losing interest in school • Having red or puffy eyes • Gaining or losing weight • Becoming moody, angry, cranky, or worried all the time turn to for support. Talking to someone who cares is a good way to prevent drug abuse. Smart kids make informed choices. They choose to be healthy and not to abuse drugs.
The doctor prescribes the medicine, and a pharmacist is then allowed to sell it to the patient. Prescription drugs are to be used in a certain dose for a certain length of time. RECREATIONAL DRUGS (rek ree AY shun ul drugs) drugs used without a medical reason, to alter mood or perception 30 21st CENTURY SKILLS LIBRARY F M I Books Lishak, Antony. Drugs. North Mankato, MN: Smart Apple Media, 2007. Orr, Tamra B. Ecstasy. New York: Rosen Central, 2008. Parks, Peggy J. Driving Under the Influence. Yankton, SD: Erickson, 2007.
Drugs by Toney Allman