The Effects Of Drug Abuse On The United States

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Drug Abuse Drug abuse is a problem that has been increasing immensely in the United States. The amount of people using drugs is increasing drastically with people starting or trying illegal substances as a younger age. Drug abuse is the over use of legal and illegal substances. The abuse of drugs is the number one health related problem. Types of drugs commonly abused include alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, painkillers, depressants, cocaine, stimulants, hallucinogens, heroin, and methamphetamine. However, marijuana and cocaine are the most abused drugs in the United States. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, long term use or marijuana is said to have some addictive potential. In most cases, first time users will not
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In addition, marijuana raises heart rate for up to three hours after smoking. To recognize someone who is abusing marijuana if they have signs of withdrawal or if they have tried to cut back on their smoking or tried to use less marijuana but still find that they wind up smoking more or using more than they anticipated. No medications are currently available to treat marijuana addiction. However, behavioral support has been effective in treating marijuana addiction, include therapy and motivational incentives. Marijuana remains the most popular illicit drug among high school students even though it is only legal for those twenty-one and older in states where it is legal. The majority marijuana is the most popular illicit drug among high school because they do not think occasional marijuana smoking is harmful, since it’s already legal in some states. Cocaine is another commonly abused drug in the United States. Cocaine produces its powerful high by acting on the brain. But as cocaine travels through the blood, it affects the whole body. Cocaine harms the brain, heart, blood vessels, and lungs, and can even cause sudden death. Cocaine increases heart rate and blood pressure while constricting the arteries supplying blood to the heart. The result interrupts blood flow to the heart muscle itself, which can cause a heart attack, even in young people without heart disease. Cocaine also can constrict blood vessels in the

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