DRUGS A Drug is any substance other than food that can affect the way your mind and body work.
There are three types of drugs.
STIMULANTS-drugs that speed up the body. (Marijuana (questionable), cocaine)
DEPRESSANTS-drugs that slow down the body. (Alcohol, tranquilizers)
HALLUCINOGENS-drugs that change the way a person sees, feels, and hears. (PCP, LSD, MDA)
RANDOM INFORMATION ON DRUGS
Some young people think that if they use alcohol and drugs it will reduce stress. Actually it may cause more stress and even make you want to kill yourself. Many teens commit suicide, most of them under the influence of drugs. Teens who drop out of school often use alcohol and drugs before and after they drop out. Dropping out can hurt your chances of being successful in life. Not being able to get a job can cause stress that may lead to more drug and alcohol use.
Cocaine is inhaled through the nose or smoked in the form of "crack" or "rock". It can also be injected. The first time anyone snorts cocaine they are addicted to it right away. Cocaine affects are shown in driving. Users are sensitive to bright lights, bright objects, sudden sounds, and horns or sirens. They have a bad time focusing and they ignore traffic lights. Cocaine, some say, improves their ability to drive. The drug increases euphoria, a feeling of well being, which increases mental and physical abilities. MARIJUANA
Marijuana is also known as "pot", "weed", "grass", and "reefers." People who use marijuana have very slow reflexes, poor memory, short attention span, and they are unable to think. Students who use marijuana have difficulty remembering what they have learned. They are dull and slow. They also have little ambition for life and became dependent on that drug!
Alcohol is in drinks such as vodka, Bloody Mary, and beer. Alcohol impairs eye-hand coordination, reactions, or the ability to perform simple tasks simultaneously. It also impairs tasks requiring attention such as watching oncoming traffic and the traffic light at the same time. There was a report that 238 people getting help for alcohol abuse were in 24,000 drinking driving occasions in 1997. Almost all of these accidents were at night time (8 p.m. to 4 a.m.)
Taking tranquilizers for cold, cough, and allergy remedies can cause disruption to certain physical, intellectual and perceptual functions. There are also benzodiazepines ("minor tranquilizers") that slow people down in things like simple reactions or eye-hand coordination. Also there are neuroleptics ("major tranquillizers") that impair understanding information.
LSD is sold on streets as colored drops on blotting paper, on gelatin sheets, as tablets, capsules, or liquid solutions. They come in doses of 50-100 microgram. (1000 micrograms=1mg). The effects are felt within an hour. They last 2 to 12 hours. Colors appear brighter, and there are possible changes in the perception of time and distance. The users experience extreme mood swings, depression, terror, aggression, and anxiety. The long-term effects of using LSD are that you are decreased in motivation to do anything. You may also experience sudden flashbacks. If you get caught over and over with LSD then the penalty might get up to $5,000 or three years in prison.
PCP is also known as angel dust, elephant, and hog. It is sold as powder of any color, in crystals, liquid, tablet, capsule or paste. It can be sniffed, smoked, swallowed or injected. It was used for anesthetic and tranquillizers for large animals. Effects of this drug can last for 3 to 18 hours. It produces a state of pleasure, sense of separation, and difficulty in concentrating and communicating. The users might also feel confused, terrified, and aggressive. The long-term effects of PCP are that you may have flashbacks, depression, and speech problems. If you get caught the penalties are the same as LSD.
MDA can be sold as brown or white powder, in capsules, and as liquid. The common dose is 100mg. These drug effects are felt 30-60 min,and they last about 8 hours. It gives you a sense of well being, your blood pressure increases, and your nose and throat become dry. If you have an overdose it can cause death, especially when mixed with alcohol. The offenses are the same as LSD.
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