FS033, January 2009

Substance Abuse - A Fact Sheet for Parents

What is meant by substance abuse? Use of any illegal drug, such as cocaine,
marijuana, or heroin, Any use of alcohol or tobacco (see the “Tobacco Use” and “Alcohol Use” fact sheets) that causes risk to health, Use of a plant part to get “high”(eg, jimson weed seeds and mushrooms) Use of an inhaled chemical to get high (eg, gasoline, paint thinner, and glue)Use of steroids or other performance enhancing drugs, Any use of a prescription drug not prescribed for the adolescent
(eg, narcotics) Misuse of a prescribed drug (eg, wrong amount and wrong reasons for using)