When most people talk about substance abuse, they are referring to the use of illegal drugs. Illegal drugs are not the only substance that can be abused. Prescription and over-the-counter medicines, inhalants and alcohol can all be used to harmful excess.
Substance abuse can lead to dependence or addiction.
What can I do if someone I know has a problem with substance abuse?
Consult a trusted adult, guidance counselor or teacher.
For free and anonymous help call the
Massachusetts Substance Abuse Helpline