Mind Matters: How do Drugs Work on the Brain?


[Female voice over]

How do drugs work in the brain?

Our body has special cells called neurons that carry messages back and forth to the brain. 

Drugs change the way neurons talk to each other. 

These changes can cause you to act in ways you normally wouldn’t.

Drugs can make you sick and can even kill you. 

Depending on which drug you take, your breathing could become dangerously slow, and even stop, called an overdose. 

Other drugs can give you heart attacks, deadly cancer, or lung problems. 

For more information, go to teens.drugabuse.gov.