molly 2 Essay

Submitted By slimshady4213
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SECTION 1:Drug Abuse
* 1. Who uses drugs (provide statistics), What reasons do young people have for using drugs?
Men and women of almost any age and race use or try many different drugs over their lifetime. Young people may use drugs because they've heard stories and want to try it, or their friends pressure them into it.
2. How do drugs effect both the mind and body of those who use and abuse them?
Drugs that affect the brain work by changing the brain's chemistry. Different drugs can affect neuron signaling in different ways. Some drugs are similar in structure to neurotransmitters and can bind to neurotransmitter receptors on neurons. Marijuana and heroin, for example, are able to affect the brain in this way. Other drugs, such as cocaine and amphetamines, stimulate neurons to release abnormally high amounts of certain neurotransmitters. Drugs that can be abused also activate the brain's pleasure system by releasing dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter that gets released when the body experiences pleasurable sensations. After repetitive use of a drug, permanent damage might occur and leave incurable damage.

3. Why should people not use drugs?
Drugs can permanently damage the brain and body, and can completely alter a persons personality. Drugs often don't only severely damage the user, but the users family too.

4. Give both a general overview of the harm/consequences of drug use, as well as include some specific examples of various types of drugs.
The impact of addiction can be far reaching. Cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and lung disease can all be affected by drug abuse. Some of these effects occur when drugs are used at high doses or after prolonged use, however, some may occur after just one use. Cocaine is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. It is both a stimulant of the central nervous system and an appetite suppressant, giving rise to what has been described as a euphoric sense of happiness and increased energy.
Crack cocaine, often nicknamed “crack”, is believed to have been created and made popular during the early 1980s . Because of the dangers for manufacturers of using ether