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Trevor Philips under the influence of methamphetamine.

Drugs are an important aspect in the Grand Theft Auto 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 Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: 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, Victor Vance could make business empires for drug manufacturing and distribution.

Tommy Vercetti 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 Los Santos. The exact drug that was used is never specified.

In Grand Theft Auto Online, the 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 their own, which are weed and Bull Shark Testosterone. Also, players can build their own weed, meth, and cocaine businesses through The Open Road.


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 street drugs, and when offered, they always refuse. The last four protagonists from the HD Universe can only use drugs under the player's control.

  • Tommy Vercetti mostly has no problem with drug usage although he is not an active drug user. He collects drugs packages and has some cocaine in his hotel room, hinting he may be a cocaine user. Tommy smokes cigarettes, possibly drinks alcohol as he has alcohol bottles in his mansion, drinks coffee as he asks Umberto Robina if he can get a cup of coffee in Trojan Voodoo and possibly drinks tea as he accepts the drugged juice from Auntie Poulet in three different missions, thinking it is a cup of tea.
  • Carl Johnson despises drugs, as one of the main premises of 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. Between the missions Are You Going to San Fierro? and Yay-Ka-Boom-Boom, Carl has the option to intercept drug packages and cash couriers travelling cross-country between the crack factory in San Fierro and Big Smoke's Crack Palace in Los Santos. This is also reinforced by the fact that there are no Adrenaline Pill pickups in the game as they would technically be considered drugs. 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. It, however, is implied that Carl smokes Marijuana, at least off camera. In the mission Mike Toreno, Mike Toreno is suspicious of him and asks for his wallet. After, Carl comments "Hey, there was a dub in there, it better still be there when I check it" referring to a Dub, or 1.2 grams of Marijuana. In the mission Fish in a Barrel he drinks an unknown alcoholic beverage with Wu Zi Mu and Ran Fa Li. He drinks beer and possibly coffee. Carl's statement in the mission Mike Toreno, the "Leaf Chain" he can purchase in Zip and a marijuana leaf tattoo he can acquire in Tattoo Parlors might be remnants of a stage in development where he was not against drugs.
  • Toni Cipriani has no qualms being associated with a gang that's associated with the drug trade, although he has not been seen using them. He seems to have knowledge of some drug slang and uncommon hallucinogens, as he asked Maria (his boss Salvatore's wife) if she had taken any "Smack, Downers, Ludes, A little too much Trumpet, Not enough Diceypam? [sic]" referring to Heroin, Anti-Depressants, Hypnotics (Methaqualone) and even likely hallucinogenic plants and Valium, though he's not aware of the existence of "Zap" (a drug that Maria mentions).
  • 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. In the mission Rigged to Blow, he drinks tea with Ilyena Faustin. Niko also drinks vodka and possibly coffee.
  • 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 Grey's heroin addiction, and likewise blaming his breakup with Ashley Butler 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 Prince's addiction to cocaine and painkillers, after the duo survive an ordeal with the triads in Chinese Takeout Tony states that he needs his painkillers to which Luis says "Don't take that shit, T. I'm serious.". 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, then, in his words, "No wonder this country is screwed." Although he claims to have these negative views on marijuana, he still smokes it from a bong in his son's room, under the player's control and also smokes marijuana in the first Grass Roots mission. 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, eats peyote plants, drinks coffee, beer, whiskey and possibly some other alcoholic beverages. He does reveal to Franklin that he used to do cocaine on occasions before.
  • 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. This could be the reason why he does not seem to be affected by Barry's weed during Grass Roots mission, unlike the other protagonists. 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, eats peyote plants, drinks beer, red wine, whiskey and possibly some other alcoholic beverages.
  • 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, in addition to guns. Trevor also smokes cigarettes and cigars, eats peyote plants, drinks beer, whiskey and possibly some other alcoholic beverages, and also huffs/sniffs gasoline.
  • The GTA Online Protagonist is a frequent marijuana smoker and bull shark testosterone user. This makes them the third known protagonist to smoke marijuana at their own will and the first one to use steroids. The Protagonist also smokes cigarettes, eats chocolate, drinks cola, beer, whiskey and red wine.

Accidental Drug Use

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

  • In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Tommy Vercetti gets drunk off of boomshine fumes when his friend Phil Cassidy uses it as a makeshift bomb, which blows off Phil's arm, forcing Tommy to drive Phil to the hospital while drunk. Also in Auntie Poulet's missions she drugs Tommy with an unknown drink that makes Tommy obey her and then forget what he has done (which can also be a magical ritual, as theorised by many players).
  • In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Carl Johnson is helping The Truth dispose of his marijuana fields by burning them before the cops arrive. This gets Carl high, and disrupts his basic motor skills.
  • In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, Victor Vance is in a car accident with a van full of a cocaine. This causes Victor's sightline to narrow and blur with purple. His motor skills are also highly affected.
  • In GTA IV, Little Jacob, a friend of protagonist Niko Bellic, has a habit of toking up at the wrong times. One such time includes when the two of them are flying in a helicopter chasing a suspected terrorist. In the enclosed space of the helicopter, Niko gets high from the smoke. The camera starts to shake and blur the same way it would when Niko gets drunk and Niko's speech is slightly slurred. Afterwards, Niko allows him to continue smoking and admits the smoke calms his nerves.
  • In GTA V, Michael De Santa takes a drink from a drug laced beverage (purposely given to him by Jimmy), believing it to be plain soda. Afterwards, he has a bizarre hallucination/dream sequence, before awakening and throwing up. According to Jimmy, it is an anaesthetic used by veterinarians. This revelation along with Michaels intense experience imply that he was laced with ketamine.
  • In The Contract update for GTA Online, Lamar and Franklin burn several Vagos-owned weed farms. This gets them high and causes their vision to blur.


Grand Theft Auto 2
  • According to his police file, Johnny Zoo abuses cocaine.
Grand Theft Auto: 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 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.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  • Big Bear is addicted to crack cocaine.
  • Ken Rosenberg is rehabilitated, but starts abusing cocaine again.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
  • A shipment of cocaine owned by the Mendez Brothers that was in Jerry 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, accidentally 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 an 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
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
  • Huang Lee can buy and sell cocaine.
Grand Theft Auto V
  • Micheal admits that he was using cocaine 'back in the day' while hanging out with Franklin.
  • Proposition 402 is a ballot proposition that wants to "Legalize Medical Cocaine".
  • According to Tracey De Santa, Michael's daughter, in the mission Daddy's Little Girl she admits that she did some blow, blow being another term for cocaine.
Grand Theft Auto Online


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  • Street gang members can be seen smoking marijuana including Fam1, Fam2 and Fam3.
  • In The Introduction, Dope, the unnamed Ballas gang member and Bogman is seen smoking a synthetic marijuana.
  • Ryder is almost always seen with a marijuana joint, usually laced with PCP.
  • The Truth is a frequent marijuana user.
    • He also has his own fields of marijuana, which is later burned down by Carl Johnson to save Truth from jail time.
  • The Ballas grow marijuana.
  • Frank Tenpenny smoked a bong in Body Harvest.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
Grand Theft Auto IV
  • 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 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 an 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
  • During private dances, Johnny will sometimes ask strippers if they want to smoke marijuana and drink alcohol with him.
  • Billy Grey smokes a bong with Dave Grossman in one mission, and reveals to Dave that he laced the weed with mescaline.
  • Terry Thorpe is frequently seen smoking a joint as he waits for Johnny if he wants to buy some guns, and also during Get Lost.
The Ballad of Gay Tony
  • Armando Torres is frequently seen smoking a joint as he waits for Luis Lopez if he wants to buy some guns from him, and also during Clocking Off. Armando and Henrique also sell marijuana among other drugs.
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
  • Huang Lee can buy and sell marijuana.
Grand Theft Auto 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 is also unable to use the bong if Jimmy is present in his room).
    • Michael also uses marijuana as part of the Strangers and Freaks mission Grass Roots. Barry, 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 in any storyline missions, but as stated by his father, and by his own admission, he frequently uses marijuana. Occasionally he can be found in his room smoking from his bong or in the kitchen at the refrigerator complaining that he has the munchies.
  • 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.
Grand Theft Auto Online


Grand Theft Auto 2
Grand Theft Auto 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 an 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. He also stole a large amount of heroin from the Angels of Death biker gang.
  • The Angels of Death biker gang were paid by the Triads to sell their large heroin supply on the streets.
  • 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.
The Ballad of Gay Tony
  • Luis Lopez destroys several heroin packages belonging to Ray Bulgarin.
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
  • Huang Lee can sell and buy heroin.
Grand Theft Auto V
  • Jezz Torrent revealed in his song "Power Ballad" that he shot heroin.


Grand Theft Auto 2
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  • Jack Howitzer frequently uses steroids for his movie roles and ends up accidentally killing Billy Dexter after going into roid rage.
Grand Theft Auto IV
The Lost and Damned
  • Billy Grey was a steroid user.
The Ballad of Gay Tony
  • Brucie Kibbutz continues to use steroids.
  • Evan Moss uses steroids as referenced by Luis Lopez in the mission Frosting on the Cake
Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online
  • Brucie Kibbutz continues to use and sell Bull Shark Testosterone.

Amphetamine and Methamphetamine

Grand Theft Auto: London 1969
  • Harold Cartwright manufactures and distributes amphetamine, dubbed colloquially in-game "Wizz" and "a bit of Billy" (referencing the Beano comic strip character 'Billy Whizz').
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
  • Maria Latore has confessed to using methamphetamine given by a biker named Wayne to Toni Cipriani.
Grand Theft Auto IV
  • Ashley Butler is high on crystal meth while Niko Bellic and Ray Boccino are having a meeting.
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.
Grand Theft Auto V
  • Several of the Los Santos and Blaine County chapters of the Lost MC are addicted to crystal meth, including Johnny Klebitz.
  • Trevor Philips is both addicted to and distributes crystal meth. Trevor refers to it many times as "speed". He also owns a business serving as a meth lab.
  • According to Trevor, he provides Wade plenty of amphetamines throughout their friendship. Floyd also is well aware of Wade's meth use.
Grand Theft Auto Online
  • Gerald sells methamphetamine.
  • In the Bikers update, the player can produce, buy and sell meth, alongside cocaine and marijuana.
  • In a random event added in Los Santos Summer Special update where the player can steal back stolen methamphetamine for random gang bosses such as Al Carter.

Fictional Drugs

Grand Theft Auto 2
  • Numerous fictional drugs of varying levels of legality are manufactured by Zaibatsu Corporation.
Grand Theft Auto III
  • Catalina is a big time drug dealer, selling and probably using a drug called SPANK.
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Painkiller Use

Grand Theft Auto 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
  • Tony Prince is addicted to painkillers.
Grand Theft Auto Online
  • During The Fleeca Job, Lester Crest admits that he was drunk on painkillers the previous night.

Inhalants Use

Grand Theft Auto 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

Grand Theft Auto V