Although heroin is even more effective as a painkiller than morphine and codeine, it is so highly addictive that its use is illegal. Heroin can be used in a variety of ways, depending on the preference of the user and the purity of the drug. Heroin can be injected into a vein or a muscle, smoked in a water pipe or standard pipe, mixed in a marijuana joint or regular cigarette, inhaled and smoked through a straw, known as "chasing the dragon," or snorted as powder. The most feared drug by many, yet for others its powerful "high" offers the most dramatic way of escaping the realities of everyday life. It is the drug that immediately comes to mind when people talk about substance dependence.
The third principle is, the size and quality of the drug’s effect depends on it’s dosage. For example, if someone were to use cocaine (an illicit drug) as a local anesthetic, it would be a small dosage and would numb the area for a small amount of time. However, if someone were to take a large dosage of cocaine, there heart rate will increase, they will feel more sociable and active. But the main feeling they will experience is euphoria. The dosage of the drug can be very critical on it’s affect.
After a while, users need higher doses to get the same effect. This leads to dependence and addiction for those users of the drug. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 43 percent of ecstasy users become dependent on the drug. Users are aware of the negative consequences of ecstasy, but their dependence on it prevents them from stopping to use the drug. However, Ecstasy is used medicinally to relieve victims of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
We need to make ourselves knowledgeable about all of the effects of prescription medications in order to make good decisions for our overall health because if we do not, then we are merely playing dice with our health just like the users of illegal drugs. Prescription pain medications are used by patients to relieve extreme pain or discomfort. Although pain relievers are legal, increasing the frequency or amount that you use can cause harm to your body that was not originally intended. Pain medications release opiates that act in much the same way as the opiates found in heroin. Opiates can make your body feel relaxed, drowsy, and numb in place of those feelings of pain and discomfort.
Some dangers of heroin can be lead to addiction, acute toxicity, Nervous System disturbances, an asthma. Heroin is a drug of abuse and it is harmful but also has some good qualities. Not by any means endorsing this illegal drug but it has been proven to be a successful pain reliever. Heroin structure is like many compounds in which it has several Carbon atoms. Heroin also has the power to be fatal to a user.
A narcotic is an addictive drug that reduces pain, induces sleep and may alter mood or behaviour. In medicine, an analgesic narcotic means opioid, which refers to all natural, semi-synthetic and synthetic substances that act pharmacologically like morphine, the primary constituent of natural opium. The opioids are classified on the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) list of prohibited substances and methods as narcotics. In order to train for longer or even when injured, athletes may takes substances such as narcotics which help to numb any pain that they are experiencing. Examples of banned narcotics include morphine, heroin, the heroin substitute methadone and the pain killer codeine.
Most mental health experts agree that when depression is severe, medication can be helpful, even life saving. Other studies show that the benefits of depression medication have been exaggerated. When it comes to mild to moderate depression, antidepressants are only slightly more effective than Natural Cures. They altar chemicals in the brain like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine causing the body to be more prone to side
This alters a person’s perceptions, emotions, movement, vision and hearing. In very small amounts, alcohol can help a person feel relaxed or less anxious. Commonly seen after traumatic events such as death and divorce people drink to calm themselves down or to relieve stress. Expert’s theorized alcohol is addictive because of three main reasons the first is that alcohol is very addictive, the more the body gets the more it wants. A family history of addiction provides a great risk of being an alcoholic.
While this may be true, it is crucial to acknowledge that one of the reasons behind the high rates of drug abuse is the ease of availability (Simon 2005). In fact, many people get addicted to prescription drugs thanks to their availability. The writer also argues that the prohibition in the use of these drugs is wrong since the drugs are immensely useful. Falling under the category of nootropics (a Greek word that means “act upon the mind”) smart drugs are said to improve memory consolidation, learning as well as memory retrieval devoid of other effects on central nervous system, not to mention the low toxicity even when high doses are taken. While these effects are evidently desirable, it is crucial that the writer examines the flip side of the so-called smart drugs.
While many people believe that marijuana may not be as harmful as these other drugs, it can still affect the infant in a few ways. The baby can have physical problems; for example low birth weight and/or a small head. Developmentally, the child may experience difficulty with memory or attention, depression, and/or inadequate problem-solving skills (Berk, 2008, p. 67). Tobacco and alcohol are two of the most common and harmful teratogens which affect an unborn baby’s growth. Extensive alcohol consumption during pregnancy can lead to a very detrimental and potentially fatal disorder known as fetal alcohol syndrome.