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.

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can you die from vaping

-gabi, New Hampshire

Vaping is used for different substances, and there are also dangerous chemicals included in the vaping liquid. Also, vape pens can explode and couse life-threatening injuries! There has been one death attributed to an exploding vape pen: a man in Florida dies in May 2018 from projectiles that entered his head fom an exploding vape pen. It's not worth the risk!

-Emily Jones

can you die if you vape?


Hi there. Thanks for your question. From vaping, probably not. However, directly drinking the liquids in e-cigs can be very dangerous. Someone who vapes, or uses e-cigs, gets exposed to a lot of chemicals, such as nicotine, propylene glycol, glycerol, and flavor chemicals. Nicotine is addictive, and taking too much nicotine, which are in e-cigs, can make you very sick. Some of the chemicals are known to be harmful, and the safety of most of the others is not known. Unless you are using e-cigs to help you stop smoking, e-cig use should be avoided, especially in teens when their brains are still developing.Check out this link for more info:

-Kevin Walton


-Javares-FVSU4h, Georgia

Yes--depends on the drug, but many of them slow or stop your breathing (e.g., opioids like heroin or fentanyl, alcohol, sedatives like valium).

-Susan Weiss

can you eat weed and is it bad for you

-horse, Oregon

Hi horse,
Any way that you consume marijuana can be harmful to your brain and your body, whether you eat it, smoke it, or vape it. You can get more information here: Marijuana: Facts for Teens booklet:

-Cora Lee Wetherington

Can you eat weed to get high?

-Superdood, Illinois


-Bethany Deeds

Can you eat weed to get high?

-Superdood, Illinois

Hello SD,
Indeed edible sources of marijuana are increasing available and yes, they do produce a high. These products have been associated with an increase in overdoses in children and pets that get access to them. And, because it is possible to eat these in a short period of time and there is a delay in the onset of the effects, it may be possible to overdose or overuse these products and experience undesirable effects.

-Emily Einstein

Can you forget you forget problems when you are high'


Sure, people may forget about their problems when they're high. Those problems are definitely still there, though, and may feel even worse afterward (they also may actually get worse as a result of using drugs).

-Emily Einstein

can you get addicted to a drug if you have tried it just once?


Thanks for the question, Chachi! Although we know what happens to the brain when someone becomes addicted, we can't predict how many times a person must use a drug before that happens. The only way to be sure that a person will never become addicted to a drug if they don't use it.

There are many things that influence whether a person will become addicted. Their biology (a person's genes) and their environment – like whether their friends or family use drugs or positive influences like sports or music – play a role. We also know that the younger someone is when they start to use drugs or alcohol, the more likely they are to become addicted. If you don't use before your brain is fully developed (in your mid 20's) your risk for addiction is MUCH lower!

-Marsha Lopez

Can you get addicted to ADHD medicine

-soup, Oregon

Hi Soup. Do you like soup? The anwser is "Yes.' ADHD medications include amphetamine (Adderall), methamphetamine, and methylphenidate (Ritalin). All of these drugs increase the activity of the dopamine system that is involved in reward and reinforcement. All of these drugs are also considered to have high abuse liability by the Food and Drug Administration. For more information on ADHD clickon this link:

-Dave Thomas

can you get addicted to adhd meds?

-EM, New Hampshire

Hi ella
what a great question.
our research shows that if you have been properly diagnoised with ADHD, you are not more or less likely than the general population to become addicted to the medication. However, if you are using the meds w/o a prescription, your risk of becoming addicted to it go up significantly.
b smart and stay healthy

-Ruben Baler

Can you get addicted to anxiety/adhd meds

-Foxtrot15, Illinois

Hi Foxtrot15 - Many medications for anxiety and ADHD have only a small risk of addiction as long as they are taken as they were prescribed - so it's always important to follow instructions from your doctor. If you're worried about becoming addicted there are some ADHD medications with very low (almost no) addiction risk (like Vyvanse or Strattera). Overall though, research shows that teens with ADHD who are prescribed effective medication for ADHD and take it properly actually have a lower risk of ever becoming addicted to any drugs than teens with ADHD who never receive ADHD treatment.

-Roger Sorensen

can you get addicted to cold medicine

-CardiBeenKnown, Illinois

Hi CardiBeenKnown: Soooooo, cough and cold medicines should be taken as directed on the label. They can safely treat symptoms caused by colds and flu. If they are taken in higher quantities or when such symptoms aren't present, they may affect the brain in ways very similar to illegal drugs, and can even lead to addiction.

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-Ruben Baler

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 get addicted to smoking marijuana?

-Jovia, California

Hi Jovia,
This is a great question. YES. Cannabis products (marijuana, oils, waxes) can be addictive. When people get addicted to cannabis, they end up spending a lot of time using cannabis, keep using it even if it causes health problems (like a bad cough or asthma), need to increase the amount they use to get high and may have withdrawal symptoms when they stop or cut down on cannabis. This means that when they try to quit or reduce their usage, they may have trouble sleeping or concentrating, have a bad mood, or have trouble sleeping, and may have major cravings to use again. Here's a link to some information about cannabis that you may find helpful.

-Wilson Compton