Drug Use & Abuse
There are many drugs out there and, because many of these drugs are new, little research has been done about the effects of taking them.
It is known that many of the drugs are being manufactured in home labs with no quality control standards. This means at the very least, dose levels may vary from tablet to tablet, and additional harmful ingredients may be added.
Get the Facts First
Taking drugs can be dangerous – not only because of the physical impact they can have on your body, but they can also limit your ability to set limits, be aware of your environment, and realize when you are in danger.
The information below is provided to help you identify different types of drugs and their effects on one's body. Because there are many risks involved with using drugs, it's best to obtain the information now, and make an informed decision before you are placed in a situation where you will have to choose to take a drug or turn it down.
What Really Happens
Your brain produces chemicals that allow you to feel emotions: happiness, pain, anger, and depression. Some drugs input the chemical that causes a feeling of extreme euphoria. As you take more drugs, your brain receives so much of this "happy chemical" that it starts to create less of it.
Therefore, without drugs, you feel constantly unhappy; you need the drug to feel joy. You are compelled to take more to attain that feeling. After a while, low-scale drugs like marijuana will no longer provide you with the joy you need, and you will find yourself yearning for more joy and moving on to more dangerous drugs such as crystal meth and cocaine.
These are the makings of an addict. Why are drugs so detrimental? They result in a chemical process that you cannot control.
The Big Question
There is no way to predict how drugs will affect you. It depends on the chemistry of your body. According to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, up to 75 percent of drug users become addicted. Is that a risk you are willing to take?
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Types of Drugs
- Chloral Hydrate
- Gamma Hydroxybutyrate (GHB)
- Dimethyltryptamine (DMT)
- Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD)
- Phencyclidine (PCP)
- Marijuana Wetsticks
- Diet Pills
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Written By: Teens participating in the Summer Wellness Programs
Updated by: Anushka Das
Below are links PAMF accessed when researching this topic. PAMF does not sponsor or endorse any of these sites, nor does PAMF guarantee the accuracy of the information contained on them.
The Science of Drug Abuse & Addiction, National Institute on Drug Abuse. Created with the help and advice of teens, presents information on the science behind drug abuse and has animated illustrations, quizzes, and games.
Drug and Alcohol Rehab Helpline, Recovery Connection® (RCx) website. Dedicated to helping people or their loved ones in need of help with detox, drug addiction, or alcoholism find treatment.
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Reviewed By: Nancy Brown, Ph.D.
Last Reviewed: October 2013