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Week 9 Final_Drugs Essay

Week 9 Final_Drugs Essay - 1 Drugs Health Risks YOUR NAME...

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1 Drugs Health Risks YOUR NAME HERE Axia College of University of Phoenix When people hear the word “Drugs” they automatically think of the words “Dangerous, Illegal or Addicting.” Its true drugs are horrible and no one should start up a habit with using drugs. There are a number of drugs each with its own side-effect. Did you know that alcohol is also considered a drug? We will explore the types of drugs as well as the side effects that drugs take on a person’s body, mind and life. Some say that certain drugs are harmless and should be legalized but in fact they ruin lives as well as peoples health. They are addicting and drugs are so far from being “harmless.” These are the types of drugs; Ecstasy, Hallucinogens, Alcohol (beer, wine or liquor), Cocaine, GHB (Gamma Hydroxybutyrate or Gammahydroxybutyratic-Acid) , Inhalants, Crack, Ketamine, Methamphetamine, Heroin, OxyContin / Oxycodone , Abusing Prescription Drugs, Marijuana, Over-The-Counter Drugs, Rohypnol and Steroids. ( Drug Enforcement Administration, Drug Information ) Should drugs be legalized? They should not be legalized because when someone I is on any drug they think un-clearly and stumble. Below is a survey on U.S born and foreign born citizens of the United States, from 1999 to 2001. ( SAMSHA, National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, Immigrants and Substances Use: Findings from the 1999-2001 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health.)
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2 Regarding the effects of Marijuana, the most common street names for the drug marijuana is; Pot, Bud, Cannabis, Weed, Dope, Grass and Mary Jane. This drug is most common among teenagers in Junior-High and High-School. A proven survey shows that teens from 12 to 17 who regularly smoke marijuana had shown to be three times more likely to have suicidal thoughts than non-users. ( Greenblatt, J. Adolescent self-reported behaviors and their association with marijuana use, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 1998 ). The effects that marijuana has on a person is that it can make a person lose their sense of judgment, coordination, short term memory loss or some become paranoid and anxious. Marijuana also has a effects a persons attention span. Researchers have proven that a regular marijuana user that uses daily or weekly often have a high distractibility rate, shorter attention spans, poor judgment, decreased energy and ambition, they also have a double risk of depression later in life. ( Patton, GC et al. Cannabis use and mental health in young people: cohort study. British Medical Journal, 325: 1195- 1198, 2002 ). The biggest debate on the drug Marijuana; “Is Marijuana addicting?” The answer is yes, teens are in treatment with a primary diagnosis of marijuana dependency than any other illicit drugs combined. ( Treatment Episodes Data Set (TEDS) 1992-2002, SAMHSA, 2004 ).
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