Drugs and Addiction

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The drugs that fascinate man most – the ones that inspire us to poetry or drive us to murder – are those that affect the brain and the spinal cord on which it rests. Some of the first drugs used were said to have been used in link to religion and superstition. Some of these drugs include alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, ether, procaine, LSD, marijuana, cocaine, and heroine. The list of the amount of drugs known to man is almost endless, and there are constantly new drugs being invented or discovered in the things we see around us every day. Within the decades to come, there could be five times as many drugs as there are in today’s day. From a medical standpoint, drugs were only to be used in the medical field. Medicines are drugs that are intended to speed up or slow down or change something about the way your body is working. Some of the first drugs introduced to man were used as pain relievers. These drugs were first used as an anesthetic when performing surgery to dull pain. However, doctors could still not safely abolish the pain completely. As the invention of drugs increased and were being discovered, so were the ways in which they could be used and abused. All drugs used by man, have effects on the brain, whether used for good or bad. Drugs block messages to the brain which can severely slow the body’s reaction times and functions. They also block off all sensations, the desirable ones along with the unwanted. All drugs are essentially poisons. The amount of the drug taken determines the effect. A small amount acts as a stimulant, a greater amount acts as a sedative, and a larger amount is highly poisonous and can kill. Drugs blur the memory, causing blank spots in the mind. They can cause you to feel slow or stupid and cause f... ... middle of paper ... ...rules and laws set by their government and parents, but you can hope that through the educating of as many people as possible, we can help avoid the increase of this problem in the future. Works Cited DEXTROMETHORPHAN DXM. n.d. 24 October 2013. HelpGuide.org. Drug Abuse and Addiction. n.d. 26 October 2013. Hyde, Margaret. An Overview for Teens: Smoking 101. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Twenty-First Century Books, 2006. Modell, Walter & Lansing, Alfred. Drugs. Canada: Life Books, 1967. Papa, Susan. Addiction. Woodbridge, Connecticut: Blackbirch Press, Inc, 2001. Russell, George. Marihuana Today. New York, New York: The Myrin Institute, Inc, 1983. "The Truth About Drugs." n.d. The Truth About Drugs, Substance Abuse & Addiction: Foundation for a Drug Free Would. 25 October 2013. Wikipedia. "Illegal Drugs." n.d. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illegal_drugs. 28 October 2013.

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