In this two part series, we’re looking at the dangers of casual drug abuse. In the first part, we talked about the general risks of using drugs, from causing problems in relationships to using them to avoid fixing social anxiety problems. One of the biggest concerns with using drugs is the health risk.
The physical effects of drugs should cause the most concern. Not only is there a risk of dependency, there is a risk of something happening while you’re using the drug. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that in 2013 there were over 40,000 drug-related deaths.
Let’s take a look at the most commonly used drugs, according to the CDC, their risks and side effects. Do need alcohol or drug rehab in Raleigh? Call Legacy Freedom today!
● Marijuana is the most commonly used drug that is illegal in many states for recreational use. It used to be called the “gateway” drug because people may start using it and then move on to harder drugs. There can be a physical dependence on it because people may rely on it in order to relax, or to feel more comfortable in social situations.
● Prescription drugs are the second most commonly used drug. When they’re taken without a medical need for them, it’s considered recreational use. These drugs include pain relievers, stimulants and sedatives. Pain relievers are opioids that are prescribed for chronic pain. They include Oxycodone, Demerol and Codeine. Sedatives such as Xanax and Valium are given for anxiety, but are often mixed with alcohol to increase their calming effect. Stimulants have the opposite effect, causing alertness and increased energy. They include Ritalin and Adderall, which are given to people who have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).
● Cocaine is the third illicit drug that is commonly used in the U.S. Its use has actually gone down in the past few years. It’s a stimulant that has an effect that can last a few minutes or up to a few hours. It causes increased heart rate, feelings of euphoria and sexual arousal. Some people become aggressive and use poor judgment while on cocaine. High doses can cause headaches and even lead to cardiac arrest. Long term use can cause seizures.
● Hallucinogens are the fourth commonly used casual drug. This category includes mushrooms, PCP, LSD and mescaline. The effects of the drug, which is usually called “tripping” can be unpredictable. It usually begins immediately and can last up to 12 hours. People can experience chills, numbness, sweating and increased blood pressure. They may become paranoid or have a panic attack. Some people have “bad trips” that involve having frightening hallucinations.
● Heroin use is less common than the others. Its dangers are more severe if the drug is injected instead of snorted. Users run the risks associated with sharing needles, such as HIV and hepatitis. It can cause a first time user to become sick. Long term use can cause collapsed veins, abscesses and heart and lung problems. Withdrawal symptoms include cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and chills.
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