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​​​​​Drug Use

Hooked On Drugs

People get hooked on drugs when they take something that either makes them feel good or stops them from feeling uncomfortable.

You are addicted when you feel like you must have your fix, and when you find that you can't stop even though you know that it is harmful. Repeated drug use changes the brain and makes it harder for people to give up using the drugs.

There are two main types of drugs that are frequently abused and which lead to addiction – prescription drugs such as certain cough medication, sedatives and stimulants; and illegal, non-prescription ones such as heroin, ICE, ketamine, cannabis and ecstasy.

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