Drug Abuse And Its Effects

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1. Introduction:
Drug abuse is a serious issue in today’s society. Drug abuse is a pattern of using a substance (drug) that leads to a serious problems or distress. 7% of people experience drug abuse one point of their lives. Drug use doesn’t automatically lead to drug abuse, it depends on how much you use. There is no specific level to were drug using moves from casual to becoming a serious problem.
2. Types of drugs/what are they:
There are three main types of drugs that people use and they can lead into drug abuse. There are stimulant drugs, depressant drugs and hallucinogens. These drugs are very different to each other and give different affects to users.
Stimulant drugs are psychoactive drugs that include temporary improvements
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• Liver, lung and kidney damage.
• Breathing problems if smoked
• Infections, disease and abscess if injected
• Weight loss
• Depression
• Psychosis
• Damage to the brain including strokes and possibly epilepsy

Depressant drugs: short term
• Slow brain functions- dizziness
• Slowed pulse and breathing- slurred speech
• Lowered blood pressure
• Poor concentration
• Confusion
• Fatigue
• Fever
• Depression
Addiction Long term:
• Depression
• Chronic fatigue
• Breathing difficulties
• Sleeping problems
• Cravings
• Anxiety and panic when user can’t get anymore
• High blood pressure
• Diabetes
• Weight gain Hallucinogen drugs: short term
• Increased heart rate
• Increases blood rate
• Heart/lung failure
• Confusion
• Violent behaviour
• Loss of muscle control
• Shaking
• Chills and flushing
• Dilated eyes
• Seeing things that are not there. Long term:
• Flashbacks weeks, months and years after drug use
• Decreased motivation
• Increased panic
• Impaired memory and concentration
• Mental disturbances
• Psychosis
• Increased delusions
• Bad trips can last for hours, weeks and months
3. When do people
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