"At first, people may perceive what seem to be positive effects with drug use. They also may believe that they can control their use; however, drugs can quickly take over their live." (drug)
“drugs change the brain--they change its structure and how it works.These brain changes can be long lasting, and can lead to the harmful behaviors seen in people who abuse drugs.” (drug)
"drugs change brains--and this can lead to addiction and other serious problems. So preventing early use of drugs or alcohol may reduce the risk of progressing to later abuse and addiction." (Preventing)
Drug abuse can lead to severe brain damage.
"Brain imaging studies from drug-addicted individuals show physical changes in areas of the brain that are critical to judgment, decision making, learning and memory, and behavior control. Scientists believe that these changes alter the way the brain works, and may help explain the compulsive and destructive behaviors of addiction." (Drug)
"A Research-Based Guide for Parents, Educators, and Community Leaders, can significantly reduce early use of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs . . . These prevention programs work to boost protective factors and eliminate or reduce risk factors for drug use." (Preventing)