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Street drugs

Street drugs are drugs such as alcohol, marijuana or weed, cocaine, and other drugs. People who have a mental illness may use street drugs to reduce symptoms of the illness and try to improve their mood. Using street drugs often causes more problems for the person.

When people who have schizophrenia use street drugs, they are more likely:

bulletTo get sick again and have to go to the hospital
bulletTo be homeless or unemployed
bulletTo be violent or take part in a crime