These questions were answered by more than 50 individual scientists and science writers with expertise in addiction. To get as many answered as possible, responses were written quickly based on the personal background and knowledge of each expert. Please note that there was not a secondary review or proofreading of each fact, and if readers have questions or comments about any response, they can ask further questions.

Download Full Year

Can you get high off of Ibuprofen pills?

-IO, Florida

Hi there. No. You can't get high from taking ibuprofen. However, you can be pretty sure that taking too much of anything is not safe. Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, or NSAID. These drugs are very good at fighting fevers and relieving pain from arthritis, injuries, etc. Taking too many Ibuprofen can cause serious side effects, including kidney failure or stomach ulcers and bleeding.

-Roger Sorensen

can you get high off of sniffing sharpie?

-El Chapo, Illinois

Good question, El Chapo. Products like felt-tip markers, spray paints, glues, and cleaning fluids contain dangerous substances with mind-altering properties when inhaled. People don't typically think of these products as drugs because they are not intended for getting high, but some people use them for that purpose. When they do, these substances are called inhalants. Inhalants are mostly used by young kids and teens and are the only class of substance used more by younger than by older teens. Inhalants can cause slurred speech, lack of coordination and dizziness, as well as brain and organ damage, seizures, coma, and even death.

-Bethany Deeds

can you get high off of whipped cream bottles

-gabi, New Hampshire

Hi Gabi. Inhalant gases can be found in household or commercial products including whipped cream dispensers. When someone uses a whipped cream bottle to inhale these gases, the lungs absorb chemicals into the bloodstream sending them throughout the brain and body. Regular use of inhalants can cause serious harm to vital organs and systems besides the brain. Damage to these organs is not reversible even when the person stops abusing inhalants. Keep your body and brain safe and don't try inhalants!

-Katia Howlett

Can you get high off sharpies?

-Kevin, Illinois

Dear Kevin, Maybe you could get high on sharpies but why? Spend your time doing something really fun and cool like playing music, participating in a sport, acing a test at school, or volunteering in your community. More information on drug use and teens can be found at:

-Redonna Chandler

can you get high off sniffing products with chemical

-NOR5K1, Illinois

Hello and thanks for participating in Chat Day! Products such as glues, nail polish remover, lighter fluid, spray paints, deodorant and hair sprays, whipped cream canisters, and cleaning fluids are widely available yet far from being unharmful. Many young people inhale the vapors from these sources in search of quick high without being aware that using inhalants, even once, can have serious health consequences. See more information at the link below. We hope this is helpful!

-Emily Einstein

can you get high off things that aren't drugs or anything of the sort? Such as sharpies or other things with those fumes

-thekingofcats, California

Using inhalants, such as spray paint, markers, sharpies, or cleaning supplies, can result in nerve cells not being able to do their job, which can cause loss of coordination and lead to permanent difficulty with basic actions such as walking, bending, and talking. So, things that you might not think of as drugs are still chemicals and have chemical effects on the brain and body.

-Carlos Blanco

can you get high off Tylenol or other sleeping meds?

-bigdre26, California

Hi Bigdre26,

By Tylenol, if you're referring to acetaminophen, it is unlikely to cause a high. Sleeping meds don't cause a high but will do the opposite. Sleeping meds will likely cause you to be drowsy or calm you which is why it's often prescribed for those suffering from anxiety or sleep disorders.

-Jinhee Lee

Can you get high on all drugs, or only certain ones?

-Molly, Illinois

There are many kinds of drugs; some are illegal and sold by drug dealers, some are medicines, and some are both. Yes, you can get high on some drugs, but not all. When you can get high on a drug, that means it has "psychoactive" properties. Of course, those are the drugs that people misuse because they like the feeling they get. However, you can also get addicted to psychoactive drugs, so it is a risky choice. After awhile, you no longer feel good from the drug; you take them simply to avoid the pain of withdrawal. You can learn more here:

-Meyer Glantz

Can you get impotence because of drug abuse?

-Percy Jackson,

Hello Percy -- The answer is yes. Drugs affect different people in different ways, and this can definintely be one side effect.

-Meyer Glantz

can you give me some tips to quit smoking???

-its me,

Congrats on deciding to quit! Talk to your friends and have them help you through moments of cravings and withdrawals. Quitting isn't easy, but it can be done and it's worth it. For more tips and resources to stay tobacco free go here:

-Suzanne Lim

Can you have a heart attack because of drugs if so why does this cause a heart attack?

-4176, Illinois

Good question, 4176! Yes, drugs can cause heart attacks. Cocaine, meth, spice, and steroids all have been linked to heart attacks. Stimulant drugs, like cocaine and meth, cause a massive release of norepinephrine that can cause the heart to be overstimulated and cause sudden death.

-Kurt Rasmussen

Can you inject alcohol

-Chungus, Illinois

Technically, it is physically possible to inject alcohol, but the effects would be disastrous! It wouldn't take much to kill a person that way. Highly highly dangerous!!

-Aaron White

can you list ALL illegal drugs just to be safe??

-dash, Illinois

Hey dash! Great question! You can find information on most drugs at the NIDA website: Great that you want to stay away from drugs! Also make sure to not take anything that a friend offers you if you don't know what it is.

-Roger Little

Can you OD (overdose) on marijuana?

-nursedawn, Maryland

Thanks for the question, nursedawn! Any substance can be poisonous in a large enough dose. The increased availability of marijuana products has led to an increase in accidental poisoning of young children. Now that marijuana is being sold in so many forms, it's easier than ever to overdose. Here's more information:

-Emily Jones

Can you OD on acid?

-Deeltus, Oregon

Hi Deeltus - Acid (LSD) is a very powerful drug. As for overdosing, it depends on what you mean by that. It is very difficult to kill yourself with LSD in terms of overdosing, but you can certainly have extremely serious effects on your cognition, mood, and perception, which can be very disturbing and unpleasant. Check out this link for more information:

-Vani Pariyadath

Can you OD on acid?

-Deeltus, Oregon

Acid (LSD) is a very powerful drug. As for overdosing, it depends on what you mean by that. It is very difficult to kill yourself with LSD in terms of overdosing, but you can certainly have extremely serious effects on your cognition, mood, and perception, which can be very disturbing and unpleasant, and can last for a long time after you've taken LSD. Check out this link for more information:

-Shwe Gyaw

Can you OD on ACID?

-Deeltus, Oregon

Hello Deeltus,
In theory you can OD on any drug. Acid or LSD is especially dangerous because it alters your perception of reality, so you can put yourself in danger or possibly hurt or kill someone else if you are driving while you are under the influence of this drug. Even if you do not OD, these drugs are made in unregulated illegal labs and so they can have toxic chemicals that can cause health problems. Some people experience "bad trips" where they have anxiety or panic while having disturbing hallucinations.

-Kristen Huntley

Can you OD on marijuana?

-BGCN-Nowata, Oklahoma

Hello BGCN - Nowata! Thanks for participating in Chat Day! Information about what can happen if you use marijuana can be found at the link here: Marijuana intoxication can, in rare cases, produce a temporary psychosis. There are no reports of people fatally overdosing (dying) on marijuana alone. However, people can feel some very uncomfortable side effects, especially when using marijuana with high THC levels. There are reports of marijuana users seeking treatment in emergency rooms, reporting unease and shaking, anxiety, paranoia, or hallucinations, and in rare cases, extreme psychotic reactions. Learn more about drug overdoses among youth. However, marijuana use can increase risks for accidents and injuries (impacts of drugged driving are discussed here: We hope this is helpful!

-Dave Thomas

Can you over dose on Ibuprofen??

-Kaden, California

Yes, you can take too much ibuprofen. Taking too much can lead to stomach and intestinal damage, including severe GI bleeding which can even be fatal. Always follow the instructions included with over the counter medications when taking them.

-Marsha Lopez

can you over dose on marijuana and if you use it for pain and can it hurt u in anyway other way then affecting your lungs

-Tas, Montana

Hello Tas,
In theory you can overdose on any drug. The availability of increasingly potent marijuana and edible forms and oil extracts make this more likely. In fact, there has been an increase in accidental poisonings of infants and pets with these products. Risk of overdose is independent of the purpose it is being used for. We don't know all of the ways that the many chemicals in marijuana may affect the brain and other organs, we know that some of the active chemicals are fat soluble, so they accumulate in the brain and other fatty tissues and is release over time. For more information, see:

-Shwe Gyaw

Can you overdose and die on advil

-Nugget BOI, Oregon

Its rare but can happen. Can damage your stomach or intestines.

-Tisha Wiley

Can you overdose on Advil

-IronNuggetz550, Illinois

Hi, IronNuggetz550! You can overdose on any drug. Overdosing on Advil can cuase severe stomach pain. Sometimes, the indivdual will have an allergic reaction to large quantites of Advil. The person should be treated in the emergency room if they have taken too much advil.

-Tisha Wiley

Can you overdose on Advil?

-BS, Montana

Hi B,
Taking too much Advil can make you sick and could cause acute organ failure, which could result in death. If you are seeking pain from serious pain, I would go to a doctor...

-Shwe Gyaw

can you overdose on advil?

-IronNuggetz550, Illinois

Hi IronNuggetz
Yes you can overdose on advil. The maximum amount of ADVIL (ibuprofen) for adults is 800 milligrams per dose or 3200 mg per day. An advil overdose can damage your stomach or intestines. Symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, drowsiness, black or bloody stools, coughing up blood, shallow breathing, fainting, or coma.
be careful

-Steve Gust

can you overdose on alcohol

-JW, Illinois

Excellent question. Yes, definitely. Alcohol overdose (or alcohol poisoning) occurs from a single episode of drinking way too much. You can potentially die from alcohol poisoning. Alcohol builds up in your bloodstream and can slow down important body processes like breathing and the gag reflex, which prevents you from choking. Even if you have stopped drinking or pass out, alcohol in the stomach and intestine can continue to enter your blood stream and circulate throughout your body.Critical signs of alcohol overdose include:

  • Mental confusion
  • Stupor
  • Coma
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Slow or irregular breathing
  • Hypothermia, or low temperature
  • Bluish skin color
  • Paleness

If you think someone you know may be experiencing alcohol overdose, make sure to get help immediately. You can call 911.
You can learn more about alcohol poisoning and overdoses at:

-Aaron White

can you overdose on caffeine?

-BB, Montana

Hello B,
Yes, it is possible to overdose on any drug. As energy drinks and other more concentrated forms of caffeine and other drugs become available it is more likely this will happen. Recently a boy died in school after using several energy products within a short time.

-Shwe Gyaw

Can you overdose on gummy vitamins?

-MasterCageMan, Illinois

master cage man

-Bethany Deeds

Can you overdose on Gummy vitamins?

-MasterCageMan, Illinois

Hi masterCage man
Nope. sorry

-Shwe Gyaw

can you overdose on iron supplements?

-guinea pig!, Oregon

Hi Guinea pig
Absolutely, excess ingested iron can have an extremely corrosive effect on the gastrointestinal (GI) mucosa, which can manifest as nausea, vomiting (even blood vomiting), abdominal pain, and diarrhea; patients may become hypovolemic (decrease in plasma volume) because of significant fluid and blood loss.
hope this helps

-Bethany Deeds

can you overdose on lsd

-scoobertdoobert, Illinois

Hey scoobertdoobert! Thanks for your question! In my opinion, overdose means taking too much drug that requires medical attention and going to the emergency room at the hospital. LSD or D-lysergic acid ethylamide is a hallucinogen. LSD causes hallucinations or sensations and images that appear to be real although they are not real. LSD can cause sleep problems, panic and paranoia, speech problems, anxiety, and depression and suicidal thoughts. If a person keeps having these problems, then I would say that the person has overdosed on LSD.

-Roger Sorensen