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n Types of Drugs 1) Stimulants are drugs that elevate alertness, changing a person’s mood by increasing energy a) Caffeine is the most popular drug in the United States and is available in many products (e.g., coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate, and “stay alert” pills) b) Nicotine is both toxic and highly addictive. The most common way to ingest nicotine is to smoke cigarettes, which is the single greatest preventable cause of death. Each year, about 450,000 people die prematurely due to tobacco, which is a death toll that far exceeds that caused by alcohol and illegal drugs combined. c) Cocaine and Crack are powerful stimulants that heighten alertness, raise blood pressure and pulse rate, keep users awake, reduce appetite, and cause agitation. Cocaine, the most popular of illegal stimulants, is either snorted up the nose (in a
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Unformatted text preview: powder form) or is dissolved and injected into the body. Crack is a hardened form of cocaine that people generally smoke with a pipe. The typical cocaine user is well-to-do. African Americans are four times as likely as whites to use crack. d) Amphetamines are easy to make, and many underground chemists operate highly profitable businesses selling drugs known on the street as “crank,” “speed,” “meth,” “crystal,” “go,” or “ice.” These drugs increase alertness, causing an excited sense of well-being while reducing the desire to sleep and eat. They were first developed for the medical treatment of personality disorders and obesity. Many people have become dependent on amphetamines, including patients who began taking them under a doctor’s supervision....
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