Illegal Drugs

60% of illicit Drug Users are 15 to 24 years old

Source – CCSA – Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse – A Drug Prevention Strategy for Canada’s Youth


Canadian youth are initiating substance use as early as 14 or younger.  This early drug use sets in motion a pattern of behaviour that translates into destructive social consequences.

The costs to Canadian society from illegal drug use are approximately $8.2 billion a year, increasing at a greater rate than costs for either tobacco or alcohol.

What Makes Drugs Illegal?
Drugs are illegal if the government has included them in their laws on controlled substances.

Why Are Illegal Drugs Dangerous?

When people talk about the "drug problem," they usually mean illegal drugs.

Drugs can affect people’s emotions and how they feel, affect your relationships, and make you more or less inhibited.  It’s not safe for anyone to take illegal drugs because they do affect your body and can cause death.

Illegal drugs aren't good for anyone, but they are particularly bad for a kid or teenager whose body is still growing.   Illegal drugs can damage the brain, heart, and other important organs.  They can affect our emotions and the way we feel, they may cause you to do things you wouldn't normally do. While using drugs, a person is less able to do well in school, sports, and other activities. It's often harder to think clearly and make good decisions for a person who is using drugs.

There may be long-term effects from taking drugs that we don't know about. When people use drugs they can do risky or dangerous things that could hurt themselves or others.  A person can die from taking drugs, even if it's the first time they've ever taken a drug.

Drugs cause different experiences and reactions for different people. How a drug will affect you can depend on many things like your age, your body type, or your mental state. So just because someone else has tried it and had a certain feeling, does not mean it will be the same for you.

Read more about cannabis. 

  • Cocaine


  • Crack Cocaine


    Crack Cocaine
  • Date Rape Drugs – GHB


  • – Rohypnol ( Roofies )


    Rohypnol (Roofies)
  • Ecstasy

    A0R731 E Ecstasy pills or tablets close up studio shot methylenedioxymethamphetamine. Image shot 2004. Exact date unknown.

  • Heroin

    Drug syringe and cooked heroin on spoon

  • Illicit Fentanyl

    Illicit Fentanyl

  • Ketamine Hydrochloride


    Ketamine Hydrochloride


  • LSD


  • Meth (Methamphetamine)


    Meth (Methamphetamine)
  • PCP – Angel Dust


    PCP – Angel Dust
  • Psilocybin Mushrooms


    Psilocybin Mushrooms