Myth's About Drugs
Myth: Marijuana is not harmful because it is "all natural" and
comes from a plant.
Truth: Marijuana smoke contains some of the same cancer-causing compounds as
tobacco, sometimes in higher concentrations.
Myth: It's okay to use marijuana as long as you're not a chronic user or
Truth: Occasional use can lead to frequent use.
Myth: Because sniffing powdered heroin doesn't require needles, it isn't
very risky (40% of the high school seniors polled do not believe there is a
great risk in trying heroin).
Truth: Heroin is dangerous no matter how it's ingested. Once addicted to
heroin, users may eventually switch to injecting the drug because it's
Myth: Drugs are not that dangerous and I can handle it.
Truth: Drug use is extremely unpredictable and affects people differently.
Anyone can become addicted to drugs.
Myth: Everyone is doing it.
Truth: Research shows that more than four out of five eighth graders have
not used drugs in the past month. Even among high school seniors (the group
with the highest rate of marijuana use), only a quarter of those polled in a
national study reported using the drug in the last month. In any given
school, most students aren't doing drugs.
Reference: "Growing Up Drug-Free," U.S. Department of
Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Safe and Drug-Free
Schools Program, 1998.