Illegal Drugs Essay

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Illegal Drugs

Many people believe that more people lives are taken away because of illegal in drugs than actual prescription drugs which is proven not to be true. Painkillers, depressants and anti depressants are accountable for more overdose deaths in the U.S. than cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine and amphetamines put together. It’s more common for people to become addicted to prescription drugs than street drugs. Prescription drugs may seem safe because a licensed doctor prescribed them which they are to a certain extent. Certain medicines are easy to become addicted to like certain street drugs, such as heroin and cocaine.

Some people are introduced to using drugs because they trying to getaway from reality and they’re problems. Often to also experiment or trying to “fit in” with others. Truth be told drugs are never a solution because they can also become part of the problem. Addiction comes in when user’s high wears off and they are brought back to reality. Once reality starts to set back in often user’s start to look for more hardcore drugs to prevent them from reality as well.

When you hear “illegal drugs” the most common drugs that come to mind is marijuana,cocaine and crack cocaine. Most people think these are the most harmful ones when they’re only in the top 10 of the most abused illegal drugs. The top 5 most abused drugs are the following: PCP ( Phencyclidine), Psilocybin mushrooms, Cannabis, Opium and Ecstasy. PCP is also known as “angel dust”this drug comes in both powder and liquid forms. It can be sprayed onto marijuana, oregano or ginger leaves. PCP has powerful effects on the nervous system change feelings, this drug is known to change your moods at any time.

Psilocybin mushrooms are fungi that has the psychedelic substances and psilocin. The most common nickname for it is “shrooms” or “magic mushrooms”. After these mushroom are in the body the user will start to hallucinate from the psilocin in the product. Most likely it will take from 3 to 7 hours to leave the body depending on how much is taken at the time.

Cannabis is also known as marijuana because of its herbal form that comes from the Cannabis sativa plant. This drug isn’t new but became more popular in the 20th century. Cannabis is used for recreational, religious, spiritual and medicinal reasons. Marijuana can also be consumed in variety of different foods, brewed as tea and smoked through a tool called a “bong”. Cannabis is number three of the top five substances for admissions to rehabs for addicts. Marijuana does not lead to other drugs but once a person’s body is immune to it and does not affect them the way it used to they go look for a stronger substance to do the same job but better. The worst side effect is that it can reduce the body’s ability to fight lung infections and illness.

The Number four most abused illegal drug is Opium which is a highly addictive non-synthetic narcotic that is extracted from the poppy plant, Papaver somniferum. The opium poppy is the key ingredient for many narcotics, including morphine, codeine, and heroin. Opium can be smoked, intravenously injected, or taken in pill form. Opium is also abused in combination with other drugs. For example, “Black” is a combination of marijuana, opium, and methamphetamine, and “Buddha” is potent marijuana spiked with opium.

Ecstasy is the fifth most abused drug and is synthetic, psychoactive drug that has similarities to both the stimulant amphetamine and the hallucinogen mescaline. It is commonly taken in combination with other drugs. Effects of MDMA are increased awareness of the senses, love, happiness and an increased love of music and movement. This drug is also used to make physical contact with people more sexual satisfying.

Drugs are designed to speed up, slow down or change something about the actions of our bodies. A small amount is a stimulant which speeds you up, a larger amount is a sedative which slows the body down and an even greater