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Facts About Drugs


MARIJUANA
 
Marijuana is usually rolled up in a cigarette called a joint or a nail. It can also be brewed as a tea or mixed with food, or smoked through a water pipe called along.
 
Cannabis is number of three of the top five substances which account for admissions to drug treatment facilities in Nepal. 
Street Names:
Weed.                     Smoke.                    Ganja.                  
Mary Jane             Grass.                       Dope
Pot.                        Purple Haze                  
 
According to a National household sure on drug abuse, kids who frequently use Marijuana are almost four times more likely to act violently or damage property. They are five times more likely to steal than those who do not use the drug.
 
Marijuana is often more potent today than it used to be. Growing techniques and selective use of seeds have produced a more powerful drug. As a result, there has been a sharp increase in the number of Marijuana-related emergency room visits by young pot smokers.
 
Because a tolerance builds up, Marijuana can lead users to consume stronger drugs to achieve the same high. When the effects start to wear off, the person may turn to more potent drugs to rid himself of the unwanted conditions that prompted him to take Marijuana in the first place. Marijuana itself does not lead the person to other drugs: people take drugs to get rid of unwanted situations or feelings. The drug (Marijuana) masks the problem for a time (while the user is high). When the "high" fades, the problem, unwanted condition or situation returns more intensely than before. The user may the turn to stronger drugs since Marijuana no longer "works".
 
Short-term effects:
 
Loss of coordination and distortions in the sense of time, vision and hearing, sleepiness, reddening of the eyes, increased appetite and relaxed muscles. Heart rate can speed up. In fact, in the first hour of smoking Marijuana, a user's risk of a heart attack could increase fivefold. School performance is reduced through impaired memory and lessened ability to solve problems. 
 
Long-term effects:
 
Long-term use can cause psychotic symptoms. It can also damage the lungs and the heart, worsen the symptoms of bronchitis and cause coughing and wheezing. It may reduce the body's ability to fight lung infections and illness.
 
ALCOHOL

Alcohol depress your central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), lower inhibitions and impairs judgement. Drinking large amount can lead to a coma and even death. Mixing alcohol with medications or Street drug is extremely dangerous and can be fatal. Alcohol influences your brain and leads to a loss of coordination, slowed reflexes, distorted vision, memory lapses and blackouts. Teenage bodies are still growing and alcohol has a greater impact on young people's physical and mental well-being than an older people.
 
Short-term effects:
 
Feeling of warmth, flushed skin, impaired judgement, lack of coordination, slurred speech, memory and comprehension loss. Heavy drinking usually results in a "hangover", headache, nausea, anxiety, weakness, shakiness and sometimes vomiting.
 
Long-term effect:
 
Tolerance to many of the unpleasant effects of alcohol and a resulting ability to drink more. This leads to a deteriorating physical condition that can include liver damage and increase the risk of heart disease. A pregnant woman may give birth to a baby with defects that affect the baby's heart, brain and other major organs. A person can become dependent an alcohol. If someone suddenly stops drinking, withdrawal symptoms may set in. They range from jumpiness, sleeplessness, sweating and poor appetite to convulsions and sometimes death. Alcohol abuse can also lead to violence and conflicts in one's personal relationships.
 
ECSTACY
 
Ecstacy is usually taken orally in pill, tablet or capsule form. Taking more than one at active is called "bumping".
 
Ecstacy is a synthetic (man-made) drug made in a laboratory. Makers may add anything they choose to the drug, such as caffeine, amphetamine and even cocaine. Ecstacy is illegal and has effects similar to hallucinogens and stimulants. The pills are of different colors and are sometimes marked with cartoon-like images. Mixing ecstacy with alcohol or extremely dangerous and can be lethal.
 
The stimulative effects of drugs such as ecstacy enable the user to dance for long periods and when combined with the hot, crowded conditions found at raves, can lead to extreme dehydration and heart or kidney failure.
 
Short-term effects:
 
Impaired judgement.             Drug craving.                False sense of affection 
Confusion.                               Blurred vision.              Depression
Sleep problem                         Paranoia.                      Involuntary teeth clenching
Faintness.                                Chills or sweating        Severe anxiety
 
Long-term effect:
 
Prolonged use causes long-lasting and perhaps permanent damage to the brain, affecting the person's judgement and thinking ability.
 
INHALANTS
 
Inhalants include chemicals found in such household products as aerosol sprays, cleaning fluids, glue, paint, paint thinner, nail polish remover, amy nitrite (a pale yellow liquid used to open or widen blood vessels, sometimes abused as a stimulant) and lighter fuel. They are sniffed or "huffed" (act of inhaling vapors).
 
Inhalants affect the brain. When substances or fumes are inhaled through the nose or mouth, they can cause permanent physical and mental damage. They starve the body of oxygen and force the heart to beat irregularly and more rapidly. People who use inhalants can lose their aense of smell, suffer nausea and nosebleeds and may develop liver, lung and kidney problems. Continued use can lead to reduced muscle mass, tone and strength. Inhalants can make people unable to walk, talk and think normally. Much of the damage is caused to the brain tissue when the toxic fumes are sniffed straight into the sinus (one of the open spaces in the front of the skull that a person breathes through with the nose).
 
Short-term Effects:
 
In addition to the above, inhalants can kill a person by heart attack or suffocation as the inhaled fumes take the place of oxygen in the lungs and central nervous system. Someone on inhalants may also suddenly react with extreme violence.
 
Long-term Effects:
 
Can lead to muscle wasting and reduced muscle tone and strength. Can permanently damage the body and brain.
 
HEROINE
 
Heroine is usually injected, snorted or smoked. It's highly addictive. Heroine enters the brain rapidly but makes people think and react slowly, impairing their decision-making ability. It causes difficulty in remembering things.
 
Injecting the drug can create a AIDS, hepatitis (liver disease) and other disease caused by infected needles. These health problems can be passed on to serial partners and newborns. Heroine is one of the three drugs most frequently involved in drug abuse deaths. Violence and crime are linked to its use.
 
Short-term Effect:
 
Abusers experience clouded mental functioning, nausea and vomiting. Awareness of pain may be supressed. Pregnant woman can suffer spontaneous abortion. Cardiac (heart) functions slow down and breathing is severely slowed, sometimes to the point of death.
 
Long-term Effect:
 
Scarred and collapsed veins, bacterial infections of the blood vessels, heart valves, abscesses and other soft-tissue infections, and liver or kidney disease. Lungs complications may result. Sharing of needles or fluid may result in hepatitis, AIDS and other blood-borne virus diseases.
 
PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
 
Abuse prescription drugs has become a more serious problem than most Street drugs. Painkillers, tranquilizers, antidepressants, sleeping pills and stimulants may appear "safe" due to being prescribed by doctors, but they can be just as addictive and potent as the heroine or cochise sold on the street. The painkiller Oxytocin, for example, is as powerful as heroine and affects the body in the same way. Continued use of painkillers, depressants (downers), stimulants (uppers) or antidepressants can lead to addiction and painful withdrawal symptoms for those who try to quit.

Few of the effects of these drugs are given here.
 
Painkillers: OxyCotin, fantasy, morphine, personal, demerol are a few of a long list of painkillers. Effects can include slowed breathing, nausea and unconsciousness. Abuse can lead to addiction.
 
Depressants: These drugs, which slow down your brain and nervous system functions, include Xanax, Zyprexa, Amytal, Seconal, Valium and many others. Effects can include heart problems, weight gain, fatigue (extreme physical or mental tiredness) and slurred speech. Continued use can lead to addiction.
 
Stimulants: These drugs speed up your heart rate and breathing, similar to "speed" or cocaine. They include Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta and drugs known as "bunnies". Effects include increased blood pressure and heartbeat, hostility and paranoia.
 
Antidepressants: Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft and Celexa are some of the commonly used antidepressants. Effects can include irregular heartbeat, paranoid reactions, violent or suicidal thoughts and hallucinations. Long-term use can lead to addiction.
 
 
 
WHAT DEALERS WILL TELL YOU
 
When teens were surveyed to find out why they started using drugs in the first place, 55% replied that it was due to pressure from their friends. They wanted to be cool and popular. Dealers know this.
 
They will approach you as friend and offer to "help you out" with "something to bring you up". The drug will "help you fit in" or "make you cool".
 
Drug dealers, motivated by the profits they make, will say anything to get you to buy their drugs. They will tell you that " Marijuana will help you improvise your study or concentration" and "tablets will help you enhance the level of stamina in you".
 
They don't care if the drugs ruin your life as long as they are getting paid. All they care about is money. Former dealers have admitted they saw their buyers as "pawns in a chess game".
 
Get the facts about drugs. Make your own decisions.....
 
 

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