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If you or someone you know is having problems with drugs, help is available at:

Alcohol and Drug 24-Hour Helpline

First Call for Help
24 Hour Crisis Hotline

Spokane Crime Victims Service Center
24 Hour Crisis Center

Other Resources Available in the Spokane Area:
Spokane County Drug and Alcohol Treatment Resource Directory.

If you want to learn more about drug abuse or find information on particular drugs, the following links can be useful:

Drug dependence/abuse information by WebMD

Drug information and parenting advice

NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse

Drug Facts and Information pages courtesy of TOGETHER!.


Tobacco is a plant whose leaves are usually smoked but also can be made into products to chew, snuff or dip. The leaves contain nicotine, a very poisonous chemical often used as an insecticide. Nicotine is a stimulant.

  • Immediate effects of tobacco use include:

  • Increased heart rate and rise in blood pressure

  • Nausea

  • Dizziness

  • Relief of tension and tiredness

  • Bad breath and stained teeth


Tobacco use can lead to diseases affecting the heart and lungs, with smoking being a major risk factor for heart attacks; strokes; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; emphysema; and several types of cancer, most commonly of the lungs, larynx, mouth and pancreas. The World Health Organization estimates that tobacco use caused 5.4 million deaths in 2004 and 100 million deaths over the course of the 20th century. Other long-term effecst include stomach ulcers, high blood pressure, lung and heart damage, and a reduced sense of taste and smell.


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