These effects are not only mental but physical. It starts by releasing large amounts of dopamine into the section of the brain that controls the feeling of pleasure. Methamphetamine “produces the equivalent of 600 times the normal amount of dopamine normally released by the brain during pleasurable events.” (Kelley, 2005, Methamphetamine Abuse.) The effects of meth can last up to 12 hours and the addiction starts and continues because of this high and charged feeling users receive from Meth. Short-term effects can lead to dehydration, irritability, confusion, nervousness, nonstop talking, tremors, convulsions, anxiety, paranoia, and aggressiveness.
(hazelden, n.d.) (www.recoveryranch.com, n.d.) (www.drugfreeworld.org, n.d.) (ww.nationofchange.org, 201) (ww.nationofchange.org, 201) (Renter, 2013)Generation Rx Generation Rx Mary Allred Communication 172 09/01/2014 Brandy Chandler Generation Rx “According to the recent study, nearly one in five teens in grades 7-12 (19 percent, or 4.5 Million) say they've used prescription painkillers such as Vicodin or OxyContin or stimulants such as Ritalin to get high. One in ten (10 percent, or 2.4 million) report having abused cough medicine. “(www.hazelden.org,n.d.para1) The rise in prescription drug abuse is classified as an epidemic according to the White House. The use of these drugs are on the rise at an alarming rate. My
Have they ever turned on the news to hear about someone on methamphetamine, and wonder how one drug can have such a dramatic effect on one person? Methamphetamine is composed of many chemicals such as battery acid, amphetamine, anhydrous, acetone, and many others, and is a very dangerous drug. Meth also affects a person’s body in many countless ways. It can cause severe dental problems (“meth mouth”), rapid weight loss, it affects how the brain functions, rapid heart rate, or an irregular heartbeat. It can change a person mentally, physically, and emotionally and before they know it, the person they once knew is gone.
Some of this tension can be accompanied in the stomach area by mild nausea. Users can also experience some dizziness and confusion. The body temperature rises slightly along with heart rate (LSD Effects). However minor these side effects might seem LSD does present some real danger for pregnant users. LSD can cause uterine contractions potentially causing a miscarriage (Darlington 402).
The drug also alters one's perception of pain, usually resulting in extreme emotional responses. In the long term codeine can permanently affect the way one's nervous system triggers responses from nerves, resulting in a different perception of pain, touch, and temperature. Repeated use of codeine can also cause bleeding within the stomach, kidney damage, constipation, depression, and in some extreme cases hallucinations or seizures. Stopping codeine consumption abruptly causes withdrawal, usually characterized by runny noses, sweating, muscle twitches and pain, and an irregular
There are some side effects that will eventually show if these unnatural steroids keep being used. For example, some side effects that are bad for the user are, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, mood swings, impotency shrunken testicles and severe acne and even cancer. A well known side effect is roid rage, where a person can become completely enraged over little things that happen. A person who uses anabolic steroids can get to the point where they totally lose control over their emotions. There have been studies that have proven that the mind is affected by the use of anabolic steroids.
Although legalization activists and marijuana supporters believe that hemp is completely safe, scientific research shows that marijuana can cause health problems. When marijuana is smoked it instantly affects the body, and last approximately one to three hours. When consumed in food, it takes more time to affect the body. Short term effects cause distorted perception (sight, touch, sound and time), problems with memory and learning, loss of coordination, trouble solving problems, anxiety, fear, and panic. The long term affects causes the heart to beat 20 to 50 beats per minute.
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.
It is a dangerous addiction and destroys lives. Crystal Meth is a synthetic drug more often abused by the younger generation. A survey done in 2012, by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, found that over 12 million people have tried Meth (NIDA, 2012). The mix of chemicals that are used to make the drug are toxic and lethal. It is normally made in makeshift laboratories (www.healthyplace.com/meth-addiction, 2012).
Pain killers are intended to relieve pain, cough and diarrhea. People who abuse on pain killers take them to block the brain from receiving pain messages. Their intake is much higher than normal in order for them to get the similar feeling they would to an illegal drug. There are withdrawal symptoms that can cause people to become more dependent on the drug. Usually people who abuse pain killers are people who are facing psychological problems.