What all drugs have in common is that they are dangerous. Some may be more dangerous, addictive, and deadly than others. Throughout the years, there have been phases of what the most ‘popular’ drug was at the time. There have been epidemics caused by certain drugs. Certain drugs have spread diseases creating disease epidemics. There are some general misunderstandings of what certain drugs can do. Here are 3 extremely dangerous drugs in no specific order.
Opiates are some of the most addictive drugs on the streets. Most are Schedule 1 drugs. They have horrible effects on users, families, and communities. Opiates bind to the opioid receptors in the brain. Opiates include heroin, fentanyl, and certain prescription drugs, such as promethazine-codeine, morphine, dilaudid, or Oxycontin. Most of these drugs can be injected, snorted, swallowed, or smoked. When consumed, opiates release a massive amount of dopamine, the “feel good” chemical in the brain. People become addicted to that immediate release of dopamine.
Heroin is a man-made opioid found on the streets. This is concerning because depending on who makes it there is no way of knowing what other chemicals it has been cut with. This has caused people to receive “hot shots” usually resulting in death. Long-term use of opiates and opioids have negative long-term effects on the brain and body. They can cause liver failure, kidney failure, changes in brain function, and death.
Some effects opioids and opiates have on the brain and body are not easily reversed. These drugs change the way an addict thinks and behaves leaving them with no concern of negative consequences. Withdrawal from opioids is a very painful experience. It is what keeps a lot of addicts using. To help with the withdrawal symptoms detox and rehab are highly recommended. They are equipped with medications that can help ease the pain of those withdrawal symptoms. Opiates is one of the most common reasons for nonfatal and fatal overdoses.
Stimulants, or uppers, include cocaine, crack, and methamphetamine, and abusing adderall and ritalin. Stimulants impact the nervous system and cause the brain to release dopamine. Stimulants increase blood pressure and the heart rate. These drugs enhance a person’s attention, energy, and alertness. Meth and cocaine are illegal street drugs that, like heroin, are man made. So, there is no way of knowing what is added or what dosage that batch may contain.
Stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin are prescribed for ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. They are usually prescribed for children or teens, but they are often abused by people of all ages. Some stimulants can also be prescribed for weight loss. All prescribed stimulants are closely monitored by the prescribing doctor because they can be addictive.
Synthetic drugs, some are referred to as designer or club drugs, are drugs that are chemically-created in a lab. These types of drugs include bath salts, flakka, and carfentanil. They are made by using man made chemicals, not any natural ingredients. They are created to mimic the effects of drugs like heroin or cocaine, but they slightly alter the chemical structure. This is done to try and avoid existing drug laws enforced by drug enforcement agencies. When one drug, such as bath salts, are made illegal the manufacturer of these designer drugs alter one or two chemicals and the process starts all over again.
Other synthesized drugs like MDMA, DMT, PCP, and LSD are also made in a lab using different types of chemicals. Examples of these types of drugs are ecstacy, molly, and ketamine. These drugs produce hallucinations and feelings of euphoria. These drugs are dangerous because they put the user in a type trace. There have been cases of people dying of dehydration due to the fact that these drugs increase heart rate and body temperature and then because the user is in a state of psychosis they do not drink any water.
Other negative effects include organ damage, seizures, possible violent aggression, suicidal thoughts, even permanent brain damage. There have also been cases of people overdosing on LSD leaving them essentially stuck a permanent trip. In some extreme cases, the brain damage caused by any of these drugs has been so severe that some have been committed to mental institutions.
The Take Away
There are a lot more extremely dangerous drugs out there. These 3 are very popular among all ages. From teenagers to adults, there are all different types of drug problems. A student may use a friend’s prescription of Adderall to help them study, unfortunately, most do not understand the negative effects that taking someone else’s prescription can have. A person can get hurt on the job and receive a prescription of opiates and over time become addicted. In most cases, no one goes looking to become addicted to drugs. Some may think they have control over their use, but no matter what as drug use continues it will become a problem.
Addiction takes over lives quicker than some may think. If you feel yourself losing control over your life or if you notice changes in someone you know or love- reach out for help. No matter what help will always be there. There will always be someone on the other side of that line ready to help.
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