The Dangers of Drugs

Drugs are a substance that can alter the way your brain works and destroy the way your mind functions. Whenever, you take medicines or any type of drug, there’s a chance that you could addicted from continually taking the drug.

There are basically two types of drugs: ones that help you and ones that don’t. Drugs that help you are prescription and over the counter drugs. So, drugs that a doctor tells you you can take or over the counter medicines like tylenol that help your physical or mental state are okay.

But, drugs that affect your body and mind in negative ways can be very dangerous and can affect you in harmful ways throughout drug use and even after only taking drugs once. Drugs can have many consequences and they can have short and long term effects. Some of the short term effects are: change in appetite, wakefulness, heart rate, blood pressure, likeliness of having a heart attack, stroke, psychosis, overdose, and death. These effects can happen just after one use of some sort a drug. Some of the long term effects are: heart or lung disease, cancer, mental illness, HIV/AIDS, and hepatitis among others. Some other side effects of drug addiction are: a weak immune system, heart conditions, nausea and abdominal pain, increased liver strain, lung disease, strokes, seizures, memory problems, trouble focusing, and problems with decision-making.

Drugs work like this: you ingest, inhale, or inject a drug into your body where the chemicals travel to your brain and flood the brain with dopamine causing you to get a “high” off the drug you just took. This “high” is why many people can get addicted to drugs after just one use. If drugs are used for long periods of time, they can change the way your brain works and make it harder for it to function properly. Once you’re addicted to drugs, it’s harder for people to quit even if they’re noticing that it’s having negative effects on a person’s life.

More than 7 million people suffer from drug disorders, and one in four deaths are from drug disorders and illicit drug use. Young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 have the highest rates of drug use, but people between ages 26 and 49 have an increasing rate of drug use.

In conclusion, drugs can bring about more troubles than their worth, so we should continuously work to keep ourselves, our communities, and our world drug-free so that they don’t suffer from drug use more than many in the world already have.

Sources Cited:

-Unknown Author. “Effects of Drug Abuse and Addiction.” The Gateway Foundation, Unknown Date. https://www.gatewayfoundation.org/faqs/effects-of-drug-abuse/, Accessed October 20, 2021.

-Unknown Author. “Introduction.” National Institute on Drug Abuse, June 9, 2020. https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/health-consequences-drug-misuse/introduction, Accessed October 20, 2021.

-Unknown Author. “Know the Risks of Using Drugs.” Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, July 15, 2021. https://www.samhsa.gov/adult-drug-use, Accessed October 20, 2021.

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