Stimulants and Depressants

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Ricky Ocana Dr. Rice Stimulants and Depressants William S. Burroughs (1959) wrote “whether you sniff it smoke it eat it or shove it up your ass the result is the same: ADDICTION”.Two of the most commonly used psychoactive drugs on a daily basis by young teens to mature adults, abused more often than not, and can cause serious side effects both short term and long term are known as stimulants and depressants. Lets look closer to not only how these drugs effect our behavior but more importantly their biological effects towards the human body. Depressants, and their true implications of abuse. Alcohol, Barbiturates, and opiates such as morphine and heroine all relax neural activity and slow body functions categorizing them into the…show more content…
One of the most addictive stimulants is nicotine, releasing a flood of neurotransmitters within just 7 seconds of inhalation, used by over a billion people a year is quick to develop addiction, with time the smoker becomes dependent, therefore building a tolerance making it harder and harder to quit as it would with either stimulants or depressants, leading to serious side effects such as death later down the road. Cocaine, methamphetamines and ecstasy all produce the feel good sensation but have more adverse effects. Abuse of these drugs not only affects behavior but has biological consequences as well, these side effects include insomnia, irritability, and like all stimulants it can lead to severe depression affecting our everyday lives. In Conclusion, psychoactive drugs affect more than just our moods and perceptions but also our daily lives. Ongoing use of these drugs whether stimulant or depressant ultimately result in the build up of tolerance requiring a higher dosage of the drug for the same fix in turn leading to addiction and the physical and psychological dependence of the drug. Although both stimulants and depressants have different adverse effects on how the body behaves and reacts, it is clear that the end result is never beneficial and does more harm than
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