If you do drugs you will go crazy.
This is one of those "it really did happen, but it
isn't very common" tactics. It is true that some people in
the past have been driven crazy by their drug use, but these
people are usually heavy drug users who are sent off the edge
after years of abuse. People with a predisposition to
schizophrenia may trigger the disorder when they use psycho tropic
drugs like LSD or Ecstasy. Some people do experience "flash
backs" of things that they may or may not have seen during a
drug binge and this may make them behave erratically or feel as if
they have lost their minds. Some people have hallucinations while
on a drug that are so compelling they never forget or get over
what they saw. In general, it is very unlikely that trying a drug
on one or two occasions will make you lose your mind. It is not
impossible mind you, since some street drugs are mixed with other
substances and the chemical reaction the uncontrolled mixture
causes can cause freak reactions in some individuals. Doing a
street drug really is a gamble, even if the odds look good and
the spoils seem worth the risk. Drugs are not generally "good
for you" and if you go through life without trying them you
really won't be missing much. It is by no means guaranteed that
drug use will make you crazy (in fact, it is highly unlikely),
but there is also very little good that can come of it. In fact,
when it comes to using drugs, you should be more worried about
addiction than about being driven insane.
If you do drugs you will die of an overdose.
People who do drugs do die of overdoses - fact! People
who do drugs for the first time do die from overdoses - fact!
However, not everyone who does drugs dies this way. Most people
who do drugs never have an overdose, let alone a fatal one. But
with street drugs being uncontrolled it is in theory possible to
overdose by accident. Street drugs are not standardized, the
doses of a drug in each "hit" are not set or regulated.
There are many urban myths about unscrupulous drug dealers or
even governments weeding out the drug using population by
purposely putting high potency drugs on the street. This scare
tactic is probably born from these stories. When you do a street
drug you do run the risk of putting something in your body that
is very different from what you think you are using. Allergic
reactions can happen. Overdoses can happen. In fact, when you do
drugs almost anything can happen. It is very unlikely that you
will die of an overdose when you try a drug, but it is not
impossible. This "scare tactic" is more a warning to
"err on the side of caution".
If you do drugs you will get permanent brain damage.
This one is actually true, but it is not as terrible as
it sounds. Doing drugs even once does damage your brain. But so
does drinking coffee, taking over the counter drugs, using nasal
spray, having an x-ray, and taking prescription medications (to
name but a few). It is the degree of damage that you need to
worry about. Depending on what drug you are doing and what it has
been mixed with by the dealer, your brain damage could be
unnoticeable or debilitating. Again, it is a gamble. In fact,
using street drugs in general is a gamble. People have been put
in to comas from one use. People have "fried their brains"
and destroyed their memory doing drugs. These things have
happened to SOME people. They may happen to you. They may not.
Drug use is funny that way, there are no guarantees of safety and
there are no guarantees that bad things will happen to you. It is
up to you to weigh the risks.
Doing street drugs can get you involved with gangs.
Unless you start dealing or get in to terrible debt over
your habit this one is unlikely. There have been cases of young
teens being coerced to try drugs by older kids and then beaten up
or threatened when they decide to stop, but these stories are few
and far between. The reality here is that most drug dealing gangs
don't need to go looking for customers and rarely have trouble
"moving their merchandise". They do not generally go out
of their way to chase down people who merely stop buying from
them. You have to owe them something for them to care about you
after you walk away with their drugs. Again, in theory it is
possible that some gangs may come after former customers with a
vengeance, but it is highly unlikely. The drug dealing set don't
like to draw too much attention to themselves. Mind you, there is
the reality that in doing drugs you may fall in to the "drug
culture" which does include, among other things, gangs. But
trying a drug does not mean that the gang bangers will be
knocking down your door the next day.