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Meth Action Coalition

Working to Stop the METH Epidemic in Deschutes County, Oregon


Gateway Drugs

It is argued that gateway drugs open the door and progressively leads one to harder drugs. We at the Meth Action Coalition teach this to students:

A gateway drug is:

§ Any drug use that exposes the user to a different circle of friends. We do what our friends do.
§ Tolerance to one drug stimulates desire for a bigger high
§ While high on one drug, impaired judgment causes the user to try another drug.
§ Drug use that lowers inhibition to illegal activity.
§ The most common gateway drugs are cigarettes, alcohol and marijuana.