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Drugs are an important aspect in the GTA series. Drugs are featured in every single Grand Theft Auto game, and they are sold, bought (for others), and used by characters around the protagonist on many occasions.

Adrenaline makes an appearance in GTA III, Vice City and Liberty City Stories, in the form of collectible pills that the player can take that boosts the player's health and slows down time. There was also a removed feature where in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Carl Johnson would be able to smoke weed which would make the camera wobble around making CJ hard to control. This ability was scrapped, but the effects of being high were recreated during the mission Are You Going to San Fierro?.

In Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars the protagonist Huang Lee can control stocks of drugs and buy and sell them to other drug dealers which is a good way to make money. There are six types of drugs the player can deal: cocaine, heroin, downers, acid, marijuana, and ecstasy. On three occasions, Huang has to get drugs as 'buy ins' before initiating a mission.

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories you could make business empires for drug manufacturing and distribution.

You can also sell drugs in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City while driving the Cherry Popper Ice Cream Factory truck.

In Grand Theft Auto V, Michael De Santa was anesthetized (using a veterinary anesthetic agent such as Morphine, Ketamine, Butorphanol or Midazolam) by his son Jimmy De Santa causing him to feel delusional and seeing himself being ganged by monkeys, abducted by aliens and flying through the city. The exact drug that was used is never specified.

In Grand Theft Auto Online, the GTA Online Protagonist is able to help their allies build a drug dealing business, most notably Trevor Philips Enterprises. The player is able to do drugs on his own, which are weed and bull shark testosterone.

Protagonists

It should also be noted that most of Grand Theft Auto's protagonists are against using drugs, though they frequently deal with them on a business level. Claude Speed is the first protagonist known to do drugs, though he is only seen doing so briefly in GTA 2: The Movie. All protagonists from the 3D Universe and the first four protagonists from the HD Universe are never seen doing drugs, and when offered, they always refuse. The last four protagonists from the HD Universe can only use drugs under the player's control.

  • Carl Johnson despises drugs, as one of the main premises of GTA San Andreas is getting crack, crackheads, and crack dealers out of Los Santos to make it a better place. Ryder tries a few times to get Carl to smoke a marijuana joint laced with PCP which Carl always declines, saying "I don't fuck with that shit, man." or "No, man. I'm cool on that." He also declines an offer for a bong hit from Tenpenny in Body Harvest. Originally, Carl was to be able to smoke marijuana under the player's control, but this feature was cut before the game's release and is not necessarily canon to the character. Carl also drinks alcohol.
  • Victor Vance despises drugs, and is extremely uncomfortable selling drugs or even being around them. At the end of the game, when Lance reveals that he has obtained twenty kilograms of cocaine to sell, Victor immediately refuses to participate, saying "No, no, no! I am not interested, got it?" to which Lance replies "Okay, man. Whatever you say." Despite claiming to be against selling drugs, Victor can establish business fronts for the sole purposes of smuggling drugs, and manufacturing, and distributing them (under the player's control) and still participates in a drug deal in 1986.
  • Niko Bellic is against drugs on a personal level and declines an offer to smoke a marijuana joint from Little Jacob on many occasions. He also immediately refuses the cocaine Vlad offers him in Clean Getaway. He is, however, perfectly comfortable selling drugs and being around drugs and the people who use and/or sell them. Niko also drinks alcohol.
  • Johnny Klebitz was mostly against drugs during the events of Grand Theft Auto IV, The Lost and Damned, and The Ballad of Gay Tony, blaming most of the Lost MC's problems on Billy's heroin addiction, and likewise blaming his breakup with Ashley on her crystal meth addiction; He declines an offer for a bong hit from Billy in It's War, though his dialogue with strippers during private dances reveals Johnny is a marijuana smoker. However, after the events of The Lost and Damned and before the events of Grand Theft Auto V, Johnny ends up smoking meth and becoming addicted just like Ashley and most of the rest of the Lost. It is shown a few times that Johnny has no problem with selling drugs, once saying "Nothin' like sellin' some dope to let ya know you're alive." Johnny also drinks alcohol.
  • Luis Fernando Lopez is against drugs, as he tries numerous times to convince Armando and Henrique to get real jobs instead of selling drugs (as seen in Corner Kids), but still helps them steal drugs in the Drug Wars side-missions for money (under the player's control). Luis blames their business falling apart on Tony's addiction to cocaine and painkillers. Luis also declines the cocaine Yusuf Amir offers him in the mission Sexy Time. Also when Ray Bulgarin asks Luis where the drugs in the club come in from in Boulevard Baby Luis immediately says "I don't know about that shit, man. I just make sure people don't get killed." Luis also drinks alcohol.
  • Huang Lee is warned by his uncle Wu Lee not to get involved in drug dealing during Tricks of the Triad, out of fear that he would become an addict, but Huang assures his uncle that he won't start using drugs himself. When the player reads some of the mission replay summaries, Huang states in them that he is dealing drugs solely for profit, since Liberty City is full of "crackheads, deadbeats, and junkies."
  • Michael De Santa claims to be against marijuana himself, as he gets quite annoyed at the fact that his son does frequently smoke it. He also claims that if it is the "Standard for goodness" in America today, than, in his words, "No wonder this country is screwed." Although he claims to have these negative views on marijuana, he can however smoke it from a bong in his son's room, under the player's control. While hanging out, after his family returns to him, it is revealed Michael is not against selling drugs; He is disappointed to learn Jimmy stopped selling marijuana, saying that he only wanted Jimmy to stop smoking it and that Jimmy needed some form of income to support himself. Michael also smokes cigarettes and cigars, and drinks alcohol.
  • Franklin Clinton is a frequent marijuana smoker himself and is the second known Protagonist in the entire series to smoke it at his own will. Franklin seems to be mostly against selling drugs, as he briefly chastises Lamar for "slinging dope" in Franklin and Lamar; Despite this, he can purchase a marijuana dispensary which legally sells marijuana. Franklin also smokes cigarettes, and drinks alcohol.
  • Trevor Philips is a frequent methamphetamine user, and is the first Protagonist in the entire series to smoke it at his own will. His business also distributes in meth and marijuana, among other drugs. Trevor also smokes cigarettes and cigars, drinks alcohol, and often huffs gas.
  • The GTA Online Protagonist is able to smoke a bong in his/her apartment, and can also take Bull Shark Testosterone from Brucie Kibbutz. In certain missions, the GTA Online protagonist is able to assist Gerald or Trevor in building their drug empires. The Protagonist can also smoke cigarettes, and drink alcohol.

Accidental Drug Use

Some protagonists on occasion feel the effects of drugs by accident.

Cocaine

GTA 2
  • According to his police file, Johnny Zoo abuses cocaine.
GTA Vice City
  • Sonny Forelli sets up a deal with the Vance Crime Family in 1986 for 2 million dollars worth of cocaine, only to have the deal ambushed by Ricardo Diaz's men.
  • Ken Rosenberg (the lawyer for Tommy Vercetti) is addicted to cocaine and is usually high on cocaine when he appears.
  • Ricardo Diaz is addicted to cocaine and is usually high on cocaine while meeting with Tommy Vercetti.
GTA San Andreas
  • Big Bear is addicted to crack cocaine.
  • Ken Rosenberg is rehabilitated, but starts abusing cocaine again.
GTA Vice City Stories
  • A shipment of cocaine owned by the Mendez Brothers that was in Martinez' possession was stolen by Vic and Lance
  • Reni Wassulmaier is a frequent cocaine user.
  • Lance Vance is a frequent cocaine user.
  • Ricardo Diaz is addicted to cocaine and is usually high on cocaine while meeting with Vic Vance.
  • Vic crashes a van full of cocaine, accidently inhales it and then must escape from the police whilst under the drug's effect
Grand Theft Auto IV
  • Brian Meech is an avid crack user.
  • Elizabeta Torres is a frequent cocaine user.
    • Elizabeta also had cocaine stolen off of her, she had Niko Bellic retrieve it, although he eventually has to turn it over to Karen, and Elizabeta ended up in jail on 30 charges of cocaine distribution, 10 years each leading to her 300 year sentence.
  • Patrick McReary is a frequent cocaine user and is often high on cocaine when he appears.
  • Michael Keane is seen snorting cocaine in the mission Three Leaf Clover, as is Gerry and Derrick McReary.
  • Niko and Phil Bell steal a cocaine shipment meant for the Ancelotti Family from some Russian coke dealers for Jimmy Pegorino.
  • Jon Gravelli and Niko's contact at United Liberty Paper want him to destroy the vans lined with coke in the frames in the mission Liquidize the Assets.
  • Mikhail Faustin has a cocaine addiction and is usually high on cocaine while meeting with Niko Bellic.
  • Vlad Glebov has a cocaine addiction and is usually high on cocaine when he appears.
  • In the files, there is a object named "Coke Pack" which resembles a small bag of Cocaine, and there is another object named "Crack Rock" which resembles a Crack Cocaine rock, but it is unrealistically large.
The Ballad of Gay Tony
GTA Chinatown Wars

Grand Theft Auto V

Marijuana

GTA San Andreas
  • Most of the gangs be seen smoking marijuana.
  • Ryder is almost always seen with a marijuana joint, usually laced with PCP.
  • The Truth is a frequent marijuana user.
    • The Truth also has his own fields of marijuana, which is later burned down by Carl Johnson to save Truth from jail time.
  • The Ballas manufacture marijuana.
  • Frank Tenpenny smoked a bong in one mission.
GTA Vice City Stories
GTA IV
  • flyhighpizzapie.com is a website that sells and delivers marijuana hidden in pizza and other food items.
  • Little Jacob is a frequent marijuana user and is almost always seen smoking marijuana joints.
  • Real Badman also smokes marijuana with Little Jacob.
  • Niko allows Little Jacob to smoke marijuana in a helicopter during a mission for the U.L. Paper, as to calm his nerves secondhandedly.
  • In the files, there is a object named "Spliff" which resembles a joint
  • Mikhail Faustin yells at Dimitri that he'd rather be selling Hash to tourists. He also decided Lenny Petrovic was ratting him out to the police because Lenny declined Mikhail's offer to sell him some pot.
The Lost and Damned
The Ballad of Gay Tony
  • Armando Torres is frequently seen smoking a joint as he waits for Luis if he wants to buy some guns from him, and also during Clocking Off. Armando and Henrique also sell marijuana among other drugs.
GTA Chinatown Wars
GTA V
  • Franklin Clinton is a frequent marijuana user and can smoke medical marijuana joints while watching TV and later from a bong while sitting at his coffee table.
  • Michael de Santa can take a hit from his son's bong in his bedroom but only while Jimmy is living in the house, as Jimmy takes it with him when he moves out and it does not return until after Jimmy moves back in.
    • Michael also uses marijuana as part of the Strangers and Freaks mission Grass RootsBarry, a proponent of marijuana legalization, gives Michael some "mana" which causes Michael to hallucinate aliens trying to abduct him.
  • Jimmy De Santa is never actually seen smoking marijuana, but as stated by his father, and by his own admission, he frequently uses marijuana.
  • Trevor Philips can raid a Weed Farm and steal their stash of money. It is located north of Grapeseed, and is only available to raid during the daytime on Tuesdays.
    • Trevor also uses marijuana during his iteration of Grass Roots, getting the drug from Barry. Trevor's use results in him hallucinating an attack by killer clowns.

Heroin

GTA 2
GTA IV
  • Elizabeta sets up a deal for heroin between Niko Bellic, Playboy X, and Johnny Klebitz and a buyer named Charlie, although the deal ends up being an undercover LCPD sting set up.
  • Niko Bellic steals a truck load of heroin off of some Triads in the mission Truck Hustle.
  • Derrick McReary is addicted to heroin.
  • Marnie Allen was addicted to heroin before going back home to The Midwest.
  • In the files, there is a object named "Heroin Bag" which resembles a small bag of Heroin
The Lost and Damned
  • Billy Grey was addicted to heroin, and sent to rehab for it.
  • The Angels of Death biker gang were paid by the Algonquin Triads to sell their large heroin supply on the streets.
  • Billy Grey stole a large amount of heroin off of the Angels of Death biker gang.
  • The Triads steal a large shipment of heroin off of the Lost Biker gang.
  • Elizabeta Torres sets up a deal for Johnny Klebitz to sell some heroin to a buyer named Charlie, she sends two associates (Niko Bellic and Playboy X) to assist. The deal ends up being an undercover drug bust by the LCPD.
GTA The Ballad of Gay Tony
GTA Chinatown Wars
  • Huang Lee can sell and buy heroin.

Steroids

GTA 2
  • According to his police file, Sunbeam uses steroids manufactured by Zaibatsu.
GTA IV
The Lost and Damned
  • Billy Grey was a steroid user.
The Ballad of Gay Tony
GTA V

Methamphetamine

GTA IV
The Lost and Damned
  • Ashley Butler is addicted to crystal meth.
  • Terry Thorpe, the Sergeant at Arms for The Lost Motorcycle club is under suspicion of the LCPD for having a meth lab.
  • Clay Simons is addicted to crystal meth.
GTA V

Fictional Drugs

GTA London 1969
GTA 2
GTA III
  • Catalina is a big time drug dealer, selling and probably using a drug called SPANK.
GTA Liberty City Stories
  • Maria is addicted to a fictional drug called Zap.

Painkiller Use

GTA IV

  • Dimitri Rascalov is addicted to painkillers. As Mikhail Faustin puts it, he is "so fucked on painkillers he don't give a shit."
  • Roman Bellic is given painkillers by Dimitri Rascalov after being shot in the stomach.
  • Dimitri Rascalov gives Mikhail Faustin a bottle of painkillers to calm him down during his cocaine fueled rage in Do You Have Protection?.
The Ballad of Gay Tony

Inhalants Use

GTA V

  • Trevor Philips can use inhalants, or huffing gasoline, on the porch outside his trailer. Doing so will lead to Trevor passing out and then waking up in a different location.

Cleaning Products Use

GTA V

  • Weazel News claims that Toilet Cleaner being used to get high is spreading across the city (Los Santos).

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