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

Adrenaline in the GTA III era games were sometimes mentioned as drugs by GTA fans. There was also a deleted feature where in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Carl Johnson would be able to smoke weed which would make the camera wobble around making hard to control CJ.

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.


It should also be noted that all of Grand Theft Auto's protagonists are against using drugs, though they frequently deal with them on a business level. Protagonists are never seen doing drugs, and when offered, deny it.

  • One of the main premises of GTA San Andreas is getting crack, crack heads, and crack dealers out of Los Santos to make it a better place.
  • Carl Johnson declines an offer for a bong hit from Frank Tenpenny in Body Harvest. Also when Ryder tries to get Carl to smoke marijuana Carl pushes him away and says "I don't fuck with that shit man."
  • Victor Vance despises drugs, and is extremely uncomfortable even dealing with them. At the end of the game, when Lance reveals that he has obtained twenty kilograms of cocaine to sell, Victor declines, stating "No! No, No, I am not interested, got it?", to which Lance replies "Okay, man. Whatever you say.".
  • Niko Bellic denies a toke of marijuana from Little Jacob on many occasions. He also immediately denies the coke Vlad offers him in Clean Getaway.
  • Luis Fernando Lopez has shown that he isn't interested in drug dealing, 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. Outside of the drug dealing missions, Luis also declines the coke Yusuf Amir offers him in the mission Sexy Time. Also when Ray Bulgarin asks Luis where do the drugs come in from the club in Boulavard Baby Luis immediately says "I don't know about that shit man, I just make sure people don't get killed".
  • 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".

Accidental Drug Use

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

Cocaine Use

  • 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.
  • Ricardo Diaz is usually high on cocaine, or using 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 addicted to cocaine
  • Lance Vance is a frequent cocaine user
  • Ricardo Diaz is addicted to cocaine
Grand Theft Auto IV
The Ballad of Gay Tony
GTA Chinatown Wars

Marijuana Use

GTA San Andreas
GTA Vice City Stories
  • Niko allows Little Jacob to smoke marijuana in a helicopter during a mission for the U.L. Paper, as to calm his nerves secondhandedly.
The Ballad of Gay Tony
GTA Chinatown Wars
  •  Huang Lee can buy and sell marijuana.

Heroin Use

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.

Steroid Use

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

Crystal Meth Use

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.

Fictional Drugs

GTA London 1969

  • 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


  • 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?.

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