Substance Abuse

Nobel Prize Co-recipient Dr. Henry David Abrahams Reveals the Most Important Gateway Drug in an Exclusive Interview

Many people think marijuana is the first step to a longer career of drug use, just because when people tell their drug stories a lot of them begin with their marijuana experience. But according to Dr. David Abrahams, current Director of the Substance Abuse Programs and clinical professor of psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine, it is cigarettes that could lead people to try harder drugs later in life. Therefore, if you want your kids to stay away from drugs, one of the best things you can do is to say goodbye to your own tobacco habit.

“Parents need to establish themselves as a real role model around the consumption of drugs and alcohol,” Dr. Abrahams told TestCountry in an interview. “Cigarettes are a gateway and also a modeling behavior for kids. More kids smoke whose parents smoke, and smoking is without a doubt the most important gateway drug….”

Dr. Abrahams has years-long experience in psychiatry and in working with parents and teenagers affected by substance abuse. He wrote numerous academic papers and published books related to drug use, one of them is entitled “What’s a Parent To Do?: Straight Talk on Drugs and Alcohol.”

In addition to the dangers of cigarette smoking, Dr. Abrahams also shared with us some of the most common misconceptions about drug abuse. He said that in his opinion, “the confusion of marijuana as medicine is one of the most harmful.”

To read the full text of the interview, visit Exclusive Interview With Dr. Henry David Abraham On Substance Abuse.


  1. Jose Gonzales

    Marijuana is not a gateway drug in North Korea where marijuana is legal and cocaine brings the death penalty.

    Correlating marijuana that can make you healthy with alcohol and cigarettes that can make you sick is an injustice to marijuana.

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