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Types of Drugs and Drug Abuse

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Types of Drugs and Drug Abuse
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.97

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    abusers, addictive, alcoholism, dependency, fatal, hazardous, herbal, nonmedical, nonsmokers, problematic, stimulant, excessive, supplement, highly, factor, additional
     content words:    Drug Administration


Types of Drugs and Drug Abuse   

1     There are many types of drugs. There are legal drugs that are used as medicines, such as prescription drugs or over-the-counter drugs. There are illegal drugs that you are not supposed to use, buy, or sell.
 
2     Prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs are meant to heal. They must be used correctly. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decides that these drugs are safe.
 
3     Herbal medicines can have drug-like effects. They are not regulated by the FDA. If the creators of an herbal supplement make a health claim about it, the label must say that the FDA has not evaluated its safety. Herbal medicines should be used carefully. Some herbal medicines can be harmful, especially if they are used improperly. Others can interact with prescription or over-the-counter drugs, causing dangerous effects or rendering them ineffective.
 
4     The nicotine found in tobacco is considered a drug. It is addictive, making the user crave it. Tobacco products, such as cigars, cigarettes, and chewing tobacco, are hazardous. Cigars and cigarettes can cause serious illness in both smokers and the nonsmokers who are exposed to their smoke. Chewing tobacco, even though it is not inhaled, still is harmful to the body.
 
5     Alcohol is also considered a drug. Even though it is heavily promoted for relaxation, excessive use can cause health problems. It is a factor in more than half of all accidental deaths. People who become physically and psychologically dependent on it suffer from a disease called alcoholism. It is illegal to drink alcohol if you are under 21 years of age.

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