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Why do people typically start using drugs?

Dr. Timothy W. Fong, MD
Neurologist

People typically start using drugs for two reasons. 

  • To feel good and to have sensations that they enjoy such as feelings of reward or feelings of getting high
  • To feel better and relieve stress, anxiety, insomnia, and depression

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