We've all heard about teenagers turning to over-the-counter cold remedies and everyday household items to get high. It's common knowledge that athletes use steroids to build muscle tone and enhance performance. Certainly the younger generation today knows all of this and much more. But do they also know that 100,000 people die each year from alcohol abuse or that today's fastest runner runs the risk of crippling arthritis by the time he or she turns fifty? This series aims to provide young adults with the basic facts and gritty details regarding drugs such as alcohol, ecstasy, inhalants, marijuana, and steroids. Readily accessible and straightforward, it explains how each drug works and describes its short-term and long-term effects on the body, focusing especially on young people still in the formative stages of physical, mental, and emotional development. While placing the drug within its historical and social context, the series is practical. the focus is on helping readers make informed decisions, recognize problems, and find solutions. Never preachy, each book lets the facts speak for themselves. Hopefully with luck, young readers will be listening.