8 Myths About Substance Abuse

Common Misconceptions

There are many stereotypes about drug abuse and the people who suffer from it. Drug abuse is a disease just like diabetes or cancer—but one that’s far more likely to be misunderstood by those who don’t struggle with it. Here, we dispel eight of the most common misconceptions about abusing illegal, prescription and illicit substances.

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