The name drug often reinstates fear and discomfort. The reason behind this is simple… it is something which leads to brain disorder and ultimately… death. However, today, let’s get to know this particular devil a little closer. In simple medical terms, drug is a medicine or other substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body. Any form of medicine does that to us, be it paracetamol or any antibiotic, then why does the name drug does not sit well with us?
Is it really a devil? Or the real story is something else…
From a long time, people have been dependent on drugs to cure their diseases, both body and mind. With regular intake of such medicines our ailments disappear and we become healthy again. This was actually the idea behind using of the highly addictive drugs then and even now. But the problem arose when we began to indulge ourselves to using these dangerous drugs for pleasure… when we started abusing drugs…
Drugs are of a thousand various types and among them quite a good number are fatal to our health when abused by us. Some of these are stimulants while some are depressants. Since these drugs have restricted use and ownership by any individual is not permitted, they are hence known as illegal drugs. Following are some such drugs and the horrible effects they have on us:
This drug is processed directly from the extracts of the opium poppy. It was originally created to cure people of addiction to morphine. When taken, the drug crosses the blood-brain barrier and is converted into morphine, which mimics the action of endorphins, creating a sense of well-being and euphoria. One of the most common methods of heroin use is through intravenous injection and when used frequently, it can cause collapsed veins and can lead to infections of the blood vessels and heart valves. Often heroin users share needles which lead to AIDS and other contagious infections. It is estimated that of the 35,000 new hepatitis C2 (liver disease) infections, over 70% are from drug users who use needles. Extended intake of the drug causes Bad teeth, Inflammation of the gums, Constipation, Weakening of the immune system, Coma, Respiratory (breathing) illnesses, Muscular weakness, partial paralysis, impotence, Menstrual disturbance in women, Loss of memory and intellectual performance and many more.
Cocaine is a potent central nervous system stimulant.It is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. It is both a stimulant of the central nervous system and an appetite suppressant, giving rise to a euphoric sense of happiness and increased energy. Its effects can last from 20 minutes to several hours, depending upon the dosage of cocaine taken and purity.As tolerance to the drug increases, it becomes necessary to take greater and greater quantities to get the same high. Its daily use causes sleep deprivation and loss of appetite and one can become psychotic and begin to experience hallucinations. Since cocaine interferes with the way the brain processes chemicals, one needs more and more of the drug just to feel “normal.” When coming down from the high, one suffers a depression so severe that he or she will do almost anything to get the drug—even commit murder. And if he or she can’t have cocaine, the depression gets so intense it can drive the addict to suicide.
This drug is popularly known as meth or ice. It is a psychostimulant and upon entering the brain causes euphoria and excitement. It was first developed in Japan in 1919. It was more potent than Amphetamine and was used to keep the troops awake. But with time, its abuse increased. When taken, meth and crystal meth create a false sense of well-being and energy, and so a person will tend to push his body faster and further than it is meant to go. In the long term, meth use can cause irreversible harm. One has increased heart rate and blood pressure as well as damage to liver, kidney and lung Damage to blood vessels in the brain can cause strokes or an irregular heartbeat that can, in turn, cause cardiovascular collapse or even death.
Other dangerous drugs which are equally destructive are LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide), Crack Cocaine, Ecstasy, Opium, Marijuana, Psilocybin Mushrooms, PCP (Phencyclidine) etc.
We often ask ourselves why or how other people become addicted to drugs. It is actually that one time use which leads to a bottomless abyss from where getting back is hard. Hence it is our own actions which make us teeter on the edge of sanity and thus embrace hell. Our status changes overnight to a drug abuser who lacks moral principles or willpower. The youth are mainly in danger of such actions and habits. Many girls go into prostitution in order to acquire the drugs, young boys become street animals and fight tooth and nail for a single shot. Drugs totally change a person’s thought process and thus it frees him from holding any rational or logical thinking and even self respect.
Saying all that, there is still a silver lining and that is the rehab. The cure to such addiction is possible in such rehabs which are set up around the world and help the addicts come back to the mainstream of life and get on with a new start.
Finally, drugs are not the real devils, it’s what we choose becomes our religion. Whether we choose life in a smile or death in a packet…
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