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Publications from SAMSHA
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
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Tips for Teens fact sheets provide information about the effects of short- and long-term use of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and inhalants. These insightful and easy-to-read brochures provide important facts teens need to know, answer frequently asked questions, and help to dispel common myths about each of the substances covered.
Cocaine is a white powder that can be snorted or dissolved in water and injected to cause a brief high. Cocaine is highly addictive and affects both the brain and body. It can increase the risk of paranoia, anxiety, and psychosis and change emotions. Inventory#: PEP18-01
Tips for Teens: The Truth About Heroin
Heroin can be a white or dark brown powder or a black tar, and is often mixed with other substances that can make it even more dangerous. Heroin slows brain activity, heartbeat, and breathing, and is highly addictive. Inventory#: PEP18-02
Methamphetamine (meth) is a white, odorless, bitter-tasting, crystalline powder that dissolves easily in water or alcohol. It can be made from ingredients found in household products. Meth causes brain changes that affect impulse control and stress, making it harder to stop using meth. It also increases heart rate, blood pressure, and risk for stroke. Inventory#: PEP18-03
Inhalants are gases or fumes from everyday products that are inhaled or sniffed to cause an immediate high by cutting-off oxygen to the brain. Starving the body of oxygen forces the heart to beat rapidly or irregularly, or even stop. Use of inhalants also affects other parts of the body. Inventory#: PEP18-04.