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. 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 failures in life. A common told lie about drugs is that they help a person become more creative. Dr... ... middle of paper ... ...hile in an alcoholic stupor, you are at a higher risk of unknowingly mixing drugs with the already consumed alcohol. The most commonly abused illegal drug in the United States is marijuana. Marijuana is the third of the top five substances which account for admissions into rehabilitation facilities in the United States. Kids who use marijuana are almost four times more likely to act violently or damage property. There has been a dramatic increase in emergency room visits due to marijuana related activities. Being the most abused illegal drug, it is being sold to people now, more than it ever has been. From a medical standpoint, there are some benefits to marijuana use. For this reason few states in America are trying to make it legal there and successfully have. The view on the use of marijuana is changing nowadays and is even trying to become a source of tax.

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