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1 Crystal Darkness Crystal Darkness Heather Bevard 1/28/2011 COM/220 Juanita Merrills
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2 Crystal Darkness Imagine a world where this year alone 25 million people take place in a game of Russian roulette. Each person is fully aware of the possible fate: a wasted life and many other affected because of their choice. Would you be able to ignore such a widespread problem? Unfortunately, most individuals are guilty of ignoring an epidemic so powerful and deadly. One who captures its victims instantly and does not discriminate; anyone can fall prey, and almost all have a hard time escaping. Most of us find it much easier to turn away and ignore a problem this horrible. How many of the 25 million lives are part of this life around you? The second most abused drug in the United States is easily accessible, and very inexpensive to produce, methamphetamines can effectively destroy any good attributes in a person’s life. Knowledge brings understanding and that can lead to fewer people ‘pulling the trigger.’ Many studies have found methamphetamines to be the second most abused drug after cannabis (Buxton, Dove 2008, Collins 2008, UCLA 2009). This drug has several effects on the body and brain, which are extremely harmful. There is many studies on why this drug has addictive properties that surpass many others, and although there are some answers meth addictions is still a vague subject. Treatment for addiction is also a very difficult task. Methods of treatment have been successful, but relapse rates are still extremely high. The effect of methamphetamine on the body can be deadly. Meth causes the circulatory system to be overactive, which can cause cardiac arrest as well as death. Raised blood pressure, breathing rate, heart rate as well as temperature are other very common effects after a person
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3 Crystal Darkness uses meth. The UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Program researchers found the less critical negative effects to be stomach cramps, shaking, insomnia, aggression, paranoia as well as hallucinations. The effects on the brain are still mostly unclear. Studies show meth causes these neurotransmitters to release themselves from the nerve endings causing rapid release in their distribution to the brain. Release of these chemicals gives the person a feeling of euphoria, or the “rush” users describe. The physical effects on a meth abuser can be seen by the naked eye. Methamphetamine use can cause the user to pick at nonexistent insects on or under the skin causing lesions and scabs. A condition known as “meth mouth” occurs when the teeth are rotted and decayed caused by poor oral hygiene, and conditions directly related to the use of the drug such as cotton or dry mouth, jaw clenching, and teeth grinding. Another symptom of abuse is profound weight loss (Buxton & Dove, 2008). Less obvious signs that a person may be under the influence are dilated pupils, and rapid eye movements, and frequent sweating (Writer, 2008). Most of these symptoms stop once the user remains off the drug. Permanent damage includes the effects of
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