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 snort cocain trough any hole in your body?


Hey Ralf-weiner.  I thought snorting by definition was through the nose.  Some people are also known to inject cocaine or inhale crack smoke.  Interesting...and bizarre question....

-Joni Rutter

Can you tell me what Molly is?

-Kfitzy28, Massachusetts

Hi Kfitzy! Molly is nothing more than repackaged Ecstasy, or MDMA. Some drug dealers claim that "Molly" is a pure form of Ecstasy but when they have tested it in labs, they have discovered there are all sorts of adulterants (bad things added) in it. People who make and sell drugs to young people try to create fads, or trends, to get kids to buy it. It's all about the marketing. But in reality, it's the same drug. Check out this info on Molly:

-Ruben Baler

can you die from smoking too much weeed. Please respond.

-BIGMAMA, New York
Good question. No, you probably won't die from weed--that's not the danger. The harms of weed have to do with affecting your brain development, especially when you're young. Studies show marijuana can permanently lower your IQ if you use it heavily as a teenager. 
You can learn more here:
-Eric Wargo

can you die from taking to much cocaine?

-Armen Kasabb, New York
Great question. Yes, you can. Cocaine can produce mental disability, very large brain ischemia (lessened blood flow to the brain), death, or give you heart attacks that lead to death.
-Anto Bonci

Can you die if you drink one cup of alcohol?

-friendlyperson1, New York

Well, if that one cup was just a single serving, like a beer or a glass of wine, it's unlikely that a person will die but even that small amount is enough to cause small changes in balance and reaction times that could make it more likely to have an accident or get into a car crash and die. If that cup was full of all vodka, then yes that might be enough to directly kill you. 

-Aaron White

can you die if you drink too much water


hi again Ralf-weiner!  good question.  The answer is yes.  All things are toxic at a given dose--even water.  What happens is that the water depletes the electolytes in the body.  Electrolytes are what makes our heart tick, our kidney's function, our brain think, etc.  Too much water means no electrolytes and you can die.

-Joni Rutter

Can you die off of smoking alot of weed and then getting relly drunk ?

-dannyg, California

You can die by getting very drunk, whether u have marijuana or not

-Nora Volkow

can you die off of spice?

-dave, Alaska

Hi Dave- Spice is a synthetic drug that contains many different chemicals some which may be very dangerous to ingest. A number of emergency room visits were a result of spice use over the past several years. Fortunately, the word seems to have gotten out about its dangers and use is down among teens.

-Jack Stein

can you drink nicotine?

-lalapickel, Massachusetts

Hi ! Nicotine does come in a liquid form which is used in e-cigarettes. However, it is highly dangerous and considered poisonous so beware!

-Jack Stein

can you eat marijuana

-ninja6963, New York
Hi ninja6963,
You can. It affects the body less swiftly when it is eaten in food, although it can actually be more dangerous this way, because it is easy to consume too much before you know it, and have a very bad reaction (such as terrible anxiety).
Great question! 
-Eric Wargo

can you get a headache from smoking to much

-Dwyane, New York

Hi Dwyane...thanks for the question.  Yes, given nicotine effects on one's vascular system (blood vessels) and its stimulant properties, smoking too much certainly can result in headaches.  There are many other negative health effects from smoking, I am sure you already know about.  If you are smoking now, you might consider trying to quit, as it gets harder to quit the longer you smoke. For more information on smoking, check out:

-Joe Frascella

Can you get addicted to drugs the first time that you use them?

-CFPC, New Jersey

Hi CFPC.  For some people the first use of a drug can lead to an overwhelming urge to use again, which can often lead to addiction.  While a true diagnosis of addiction is probably impossible after a single use, there is no doubt that some individuals are more prone to developing addictive patterns after initial exposure.

-Steve Gust

can you get addicted to mental health medication? and ig you get the wrong diagnosis for a mental health issue and you take medicine for it can that drug do something really bad for your body?

-skpmb, Maryland

Hey SKPMB.  Wow great and complicated question about mental health problems.  First, certain prescription medications used to treat certain mental and physical health conditions can be addictive.  Medications like opiates to treat pain and some of the stimulants used to treat ADHD can be addictive.  The key is to ONLY take medications prescribed for you, take those medications ONLY as prescribed by the physician, and to REMAIN under the care of a reputable physician.  Regarding question two:  treating mental health problems, like treating physical health conditions, requires an accurate diagnosis.  Mental health professions should provide an assessment to  determine the type and severity mental health problem. Sometimes,  medications are prescribed as part of treatment by psychiatrists or physicians.  You are on the right track though - an accurate diagnosis is key to successful treatment.  For more information on prescription medications see:

-Redonna Chandler

CAN YOU GET ORAL CANCER FROM ALCHOL???????????????????????

-billybob67, New York

Yes, drinking a lot of alcohol over time increases your chances of developing cancers of the head, neck, mouth and throat. You can learn more about these risks at:

-Aaron White

Can you go to jail for killing someone for drunk driving?

-CallMeCAT, New York

Oh yes! It happens every day!

-Aaron White

can you inject cleaning products into your bloodstream?

-jamealbrechtsen, New York
Hey jamealbrechtsen....uh....why would you want to inject cleaning products into your blood?  You could do it, but it could kill you... and painfully.
Give me a better question... 
-Joni Rutter

Can you OD from a perscription drug

-skkoollover, New York
Hi skkoollover,
Good question. Yes you can, if you take more of the drug than your doctor prescribed, or if you take it in a different way ... or if you aren't the person it was prescribed for. 
-Eric Wargo

Can you OD from a perscription drug?

-judicorn, Maryland

Hi Juidicorn.  In a word, yes, but it depends on the prescription drug.  Painkillers like oxycotin contain high amounts of a class of drugs called opioids, and one effect of these drugs is they reduce your breathing. If you take too much you simply stop breathing and die.  Other drugs, like amphetamine and stimulants, can cause heart attacks.  Even antibiotics can be dangerous; for example some people are allergic to penicillin. Even non-prescription drugs like Tylenol (acetaminophen) can cause very rare but potentially fatal skin disorders as well as liver damage.  The Food and Drug Administration writes very detailed descriptions of the effects of the drug, both good and bad, that are included with every prescription.  You should always read these labels to find out what the harmful effects are, use them for what they were FDA approved for, and if you have questions talk to your doctor or the pharmacist.

-Steve Grant

can you od on steroids

-lalala, New York
I don't know of many cases of death due to overdose on steriods, but there can be some very serious consequences resulting from the use of steroids.  For example, you can damage your liver and cause blood pressure problems.  Steroid use can also result in other really thrilling effects like breast enhancement, testicle shrinkage and baldness in males (lovely!).  For women, you can get breast shrinkage, deeper voice, facial hair, etc...but who wants that?!  
All in all, you may not necessarily die from use of steroids, but there are so many other unpleasant effects....your best bet is to stay 'steroid free'! 
-Joni Rutter

Can you OD on tylenol?

-skylerisdope, New York

Yes, you can die from a tylenol overdose although the mechanism that kills you (kidney failure) is different from the one associated with OD from drugs like heroin or alcohol (respiratory depression).

-Nora Volkow

can you get cancer from trying a cigarette one time?

-xoxogossipgirl, Massachusetts
Hi Gossipgirl! No, but you might get addicted to smoking, which causes cancer, as you know. Many people that became addicted to smoking thought they would only try it once. 
If you are curious to know more, please go to:
-Anto Bonci

can you get drunk of bleech?

-gk22, New York
hei there gk22
You mean: bleach?? like in clorox? are you crazy????? it is extremely toxic stuff
watch out! 
-Ruben Baler

can you get help when you are addicted to marijuana, New Jersey
Hi Tyost,
Yes, there definitely are ways to get help if you are addicted to marijuana.  Realizing that there is a problem is an important first step.  Here is a resource to find substance abuse treatment in your area:
If you want to ask about getting substance abuse or mental health treatment, call 1-800-662-HELP, 24/7. Or you can go to to find information about treatment centers in your area.
Good luck!! 
-Michelle Leff

can you get high by choking yourself

-strawberrycream, Maryland

Strawberrycream,  Well you ask an interesting question.  If you choke yourself to the point of asphyxiation - where you deprive your brain of oxygen - you would experience dizziness, light headedness, etc.  My question for you is: why would anyone want to do that to themselves?  There is no high like a natural high.  Go climb an indoor rock wall, ski down a mountain, write the best English paper, go see "I Frankenstein" with a friend.  Something fun and that won't negatively affect your brain!

-Redonna Chandler

Can you get high off life?

-Not a Drug Guy, California

sure can....we can now even see the brain "light up" when we are participating in engaging activities like sports, etc. Try it!

-Jack Stein

Can you get high off of cat pee

-icecreamswirl5, Maryland

Cat pee?  Seriously icecreamswirl5?  There are no psychoactive properties in cat pee.  Pee (urine) is a fluid that is filled with waste from the body.  What other questions do you have?

-Joni Rutter

can you get high off of poppy seeds?

-cakecakecake, New York


-Susan Weiss

Can you get high off running? If so, how and why do you get high off running?

-Student101, Maryland
Good question to start my day!   I don't know if I would say "high" but running and exercise can cause the release of chemicals in your brain called "endorphins" and they can make you feel good.
-Dave Thomas

can you get high off secondhand smoke?

-CrazyK999, New York

CraxyK999,  Good question.  If you are referring to marijuana smoke the answer is no. However, if you are referring to cigarette smoke there is a different answer. Secondhand tobacco smoke does deliver nicotine which is the psychoactive ingredient in cigarettes.  Secondhand smoke is a combination of smoke from the burning end of a cigarette and the smoke breathed out by the smoker. When you stand near a smoker or go to a restaurant or home where smoking is allowed, you breathe secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke is dangerous. Over time, secondhand smoke causes death and disease in kids and adults—even if they do not smoke.  Check out a fact sheet the National Cancer Institute put out to learn more: NCI Factsheet, Secondhand Smoke: Questions and Answers  And if you are interested in a recent study, here is an interesting news release:

-Cindy Miner

Does marijuana really destroys your brain cells ? when the scientists tested the monkeys they put a mask full of smoke without breathing for 5 min

-David, Texas
That is a VERY important question. Right now, marijuana is being made legal in many states for medicinal purposes, and in some states for recreational purposes.   We need to know if it will hurt people's brain, and if so, in what ways.  We are increasing research in the impact of marijuana so we can understand the impact of marijuana on the brain and the entire body.  
As for the study you describe, obviously not having air will cause brain damage, but I'm betting that the experiment involved putting a mask on and giving the monkeys a mix of marijuana smoke and regular air. This would be a way of testing how marijuana impacted the brain and other organs too.  
-Dave Thomas