Chat Day Live Question on Consequences

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[Dr. Jack Stein speaking]
So, we’ve got a really cool
question that was put to us by

Rodolfo and Esteban
from Mexico City.

Let’s hear their question, and
then we’re going to answer it.

[Rodolfo and Esteban speaking]
What is the difference of
the consequences between

consuming a drug to have
fun from time to time,

to consume it once a week?

[Dr. Jack Stein speaking]
Great question Rodolfo and
Esteban, thanks for asking it.

To answer it we have
Dr. Ruben, who is with

the National Institute
on Drug Abuse, as well.

Dr. Ruben, thanks
for being here.

[Dr. Ruben Baler speaking]
Oh, it’s my pleasure.

Hola México!

[Dr. Jack Stein speaking]
The question that was asked,
has to do with using drugs

a few times versus, more--using
them on a regular basis.

And what’s the difference,
and what kind of different

consequences might occur?

Can you help us with that?

[Dr. Ruben Baler speaking]
Yeah, absolutely.

Well, you have to think that
this is just one of the factors

that goes into the equation
of how risky it is to use

a drug of abuse in
terms of addiction.

Indeed, if everything else being
equal, using sporadically or

once in a while, versus
using all the time,

it’s less dangerous.

But the important thing is that,
to consider that it’s just

one of the many,
many risk factors

that go into this equation.

Another risk factor is your
age, the type of drug that

you are using, and the
individual differences.

These individual differences
can make that one person,

perhaps using just
once, once in a while,

once in a weekend, it may
start the vicious cycle of

using over and over again.

Whereas another person
who uses more frequently,

will not go into that
vicious cycle of addiction.

[Dr. Jack Stein speaking]
So, the differential differences
are critically important in

determining the risk factors.

So that’s why we say at NIDA
that using drugs and deciding

whether or not to use a drug,
particularly when you are young,

is like a Russian roulette.

You cannot predict after use,
either sporadic or frequent,

who will become
eventually addicted.

This is why it’s much
smarter to stay away from drugs,

sporadic or frequent,
it doesn’t matter.

Stay away altogether,
particularly until

you reach the age of 22, 23,
25, the later the better.

Stay away of drugs
while you’re young.