Cocaine Cocaine is a highly powered stimulant that goes straight towards the brain and is very addictive. It is one of the oldest drugs known. Cocaine is from the leaf of the erythroxylon coca bush and is grown in Peru and other countries. Cocaine can be drunk when dissolved in water, snorted, smoked, or injected. Cocaine is abused a lot these days and it can go very out of hand.
Caffeine is physically addictive and causes withdrawal symptoms when trying to quit drinking it regularly. The withdrawal symptoms range from headaches and migraines, tiredness, and bad mood. Nicotine is the second most widely used psychoactive drug as 66.5 million Americans over the age 12 used a nicotine containing product in 2001 (Cherry, 2013). Nicotine also produces the same effects of caffeine on the brain and users can focus more deeply. The prescriptive and illegal forms of stimulants include cocaine, amphetamines, and prescription stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin.
Two drugs that are prevalent in these communities are crack cocaine and methamphetamine. A report done by the National Household Survey on drug abuse indicates that an estimated 6,222,000 US residents aged twelve and older used crack at least once in their lifetime. The survey also revealed that hundreds of thousands of teenagers and young adults use crack coca in. 150,000 individuals aged 12 to 17 and 1,003,000 individuals aged 18 to 25 used the drug at least once. (Center, 2008).
Sure, using pharmaceutical drugs are safe when they are being used by the doctor’s prescription. However, when these drugs are being crushed and snorted, or being cooked down to a liquid form to be intravenously used or taken orally in very high doses these pharmaceutical drugs can be very fatal. The rise in young adults intravenously using pharmaceutical drugs is at an alarming rate. The thought of it being safer is because these drugs are approved by the FDA and are manufactured in a clean and controlled environment. Street drugs such as heroin and cocaine come in all sorts of potencies and it is never known how strong or weak the drug is until taken by the user.
Thirteen million people over the age of twelve have tried one of the most addicting substances known to man at least once. Out of those thirteen million 529,000 of them became regular users the United States government reported in 2008. This addictive substance is methamphetamine or meth for short. This stimulant can boost mood, increase feelings of well being, and increase energy and alertness, however it has some very dangerous side effect, which include but are not limited to high blood pressure, accelerated heart rate, and even death. Meth is considered one of the greatest drug threats to our nation with its affects costing anywhere between $16.2 and $48.3 billion dollars a year according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Marijuana may cause panic and stress attacks in extreme cases but helps ones gain back loss of appetite, and can dull pain from radiation treatments (GetGoing, 2011). The withdrawal effects of marijuana are minimal but can reverse the features it enhances. Conversely is the use of drugs such as cocaine and heroin. According to GetGoing (2011) using heroin or cocaine, powdered or crack (rock), even one time causes such intense cravings for some individuals that they use it again and again, rapidly becoming addicted. Furthermore, crack is the most highly addictive of all the drugs available because it is smoked and therefore stimulates the brain directly (GetGoing, 2011 p. 2).
Nadelman wrote an excerpt indicating his own opinion about the current drug legislation. He gives three reasons for why we need a change in legislation. The first is because “the current drug policies have failed, are failing and will continue to fail, because they are flawed.” (Not failed done a fantastic job by not allowing more of the population to be hooked.. Give support from WILSON “HAVE WE LOST in methodology Prgrf) The second reason focuses on the costs of the drug control efforts, and the third addresses the idea that repealing drug laws would not lead to a dramatic rise in drug abuse. Nadelman says the price of drugs if they remained illegal would be greater than if they were not. The drugs would also be more potent and less contaminated.
Usually people who abuse pain killers are people who are facing psychological problems. The pain killers are a way for them to cope with the pain and not feel any pain. They are popular because of the euphoric state a person enters after taking them. Popular examples of prescription pain killers are morphine and codeine popular over the counter pain killers are Ibuprofen and Naproxen. Dependency on these drugs can have serious side effects.
It is normally made in makeshift laboratories (www.healthyplace.com/meth-addiction, 2012). Crystal Meth is extremely addictive and this is mainly due to the accessibility of the drug. It is easy to find and not very costly. Meth is a highly, potent stimulant. When this drug is consumed, there is a release of dopamine in the brain.
Long-term studies of students who use drugs show that very few young people use other illegal drugs without first trying marijuana. While not all people who use marijuana go on to use other drugs, using marijuana sometimes lowers inhibitions about drug use and exposes users to a culture that encourages use of other drugs. * The risk of using cocaine has been estimated to be more than 104 times greater for those who have tried marijuana than for those who have never tried it.12 In Summary: * Marijuana is a dangerous, addictive drug that poses significant health threats to users. * Marijuana has no medical value that can't be met more effectively by legal