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Drugs destroy and ruin millions of lives every year. What should YOU know about them?
THE TRUTH ABOUT
LSD Speed Cocaine Marijuana ecstasy
WhyDoPeopleTakeDrugs? Here are some of the reasons young people have given for taking drugs: • To fit in • To escape or relax • To relieve boredom • To seem grown up • To rebel • To experiment .
drugs will completely destroy all the creativity a person has. Drugs can lift a person into a fake kind of cheerfulness. he wants more drugs to help him deal with the problem. the emotional plunge is lower and lower. Drugs make a person feel slow or stupid and cause him to have failures in life. The truth is quite different. but when the drug wears off. Eventually. And as he has more failures and life gets harder. he or she crashes even lower than before. One lie told about drugs is that they help a person become more creative.Drugs Affect the Mind Drugs Destroy Creativity Drugs blur memory. And each time. .
basic facts about commonly abuseddrugs 10 .
Marijuana smoked through a water pipe called a bong. kids who frequently use marijuana are almost four times more likely to act violently or damage property. They are five times more likely to steal than those who do not use the drug StreetNames: • Weed • Blunt • Grass • Herb • Pot • Reefer • Smoke • Mary Jane • Skunk • Boom • Gangster • Kiff • Chronic • Ganja • Super Skunk • Purple Haze • Dope •Nederweed Because a tolerance builds up. When the effects start to wear off. the person may turn to more potent drug . marijuana can lead users to consume stronger drugs to achieve the same high.
Loss of coordination and distortions in the sense of time. vision and hearing. reddening of the eyes. increased appetite and relaxed muscles. in the first hour of smoking marijuana. Heart rate can speed up. a user’s risk of a heart attack could increase fivefold. worsen the symptoms of bronchitis and cause coughing and wheezing. School performance is reduced through impaired memory and lessened ability to solve problems. It may reduce the body’s ability to fight lung infections and illness.Short-term Effects: Long-term Effects: Long-term use can cause psychotic symptoms. In fact. sleepiness. . It can also damage the lungs and the heart.
16 .” . ecstasy is usually taken orally in pill. crowded conditions found at raves.Ecstasy •E • XTC •X • Adam E or capsule form. Taking more than one at a time is called “bumping. and when combined with the hot. tablet StreetNames: • Hug • Beans • Clarity • Lover’s Speed • Love Drug Ecstasy enable the user to dance for long periods. can lead to extreme dehydration and heart or kidney failure.
I had to have my mouth full of pieces of glass to realize what was happening to me. affecting the person’s judgment and thinking ability. Another time I tore rags with my teeth for an hour.Short-term Effects: • Impaired judgment • False sense of affection • Confusion • Depression • Sleep problems • Severe anxiety • Paranoia† • Drug craving • Muscle tension • Involuntary teeth clenching • Nausea • Blurred vision • Faintness • Chills or sweating E cstasy made me crazy. One day I bit glass. 17 . just like I would have bitten an apple.” — Ann Long-term Effects: • Prolonged use causes long-lasting and perhaps permanent damage to the brain.
StreetNames: • Coke • Crack • Flake • Rocks • Snow • Charlie • Sniff .Cocaine & Crack Cocaine The word cocaine refers to the drug in a powder form (cocaine) and a crystal form (crack).
muscle spasms and convulsions. the depression can get so intense it can drive the addict to suicide. And if he or she can’t get cocaine. Tolerance to the drug develops so that more is needed to produce the same “high. paranoia and auditory (hearing) hallucinations. In addition to those effects already mentioned. The drug can make people feel paranoid. . even when they aren’t high. cocaine can cause irritability.Long-term Effects: Short-term Effects: Cocaine causes a short-lived intense high that is immediately followed by the opposite—intense feelings of depression and edginess and a craving for more of the drug. People who use it often don’t eat or sleep properly. which becomes deeper and deeper after each use. They can experience greatly increased heart rate. This can get so severe that a person will do almost anything to get the drug—even commit murder. mood disturbances. angry.” Coming down from the drug causes severe depression. restlessness. hostile and anxious.
it is known as “ice. Many users report getting hooked (addicted) from the first time they use it. It is a highly powerful and addictive man-made stimulant that causes aggression and violent or psychotic behavior. It is one of the hardest drugs to treat. .Crystal Meth & Methamphetamine Crystal meth is a form of methamphetamine that resembles small fragments of glass or shiny blue-white rocks.” “crystal. On the street.” “glass” StreetNames: • Speed • Meth • Crystal • Crank • Tweak • Go-fast • Ice • Glass • Tina • Quartz and other names.
easy to use. In higher doses has a greater “rush. easy to become addicted to and. of course. anxiety and paranoia. One of the main things that this affected was my music career. but there were . others too—cheap. confusion. Can cause liver. Can cause convulsions leading to death. I tried it once and BOOM! I was addicted. That all changed when I started using meth.Short-term Effects: Negative effects can include disturbed sleep patterns. damage to blood vessels in the brain. including memory impairment and an increasing inability to grasp abstract thoughts. Other effects can include insomnia. nausea. hallucinations. Can cause decreased hunger and bring on weight loss. Long-term Effects: Increased heart rate and blood pressure. increased aggressiveness and irritability. Those who recover are usually subject to memory gaps and extreme mood swings.” followed by increased agitation and sometimes violence. Users may suffer brain damage.” —Brad crystal meth was my drug of choice. delusions of power. kidney and lung damage. easy to get. I had a great band and played great music and had great members who weren’t only band members but best friends. leading to strokes or irregular heart beat and cardiovascular (involving the heart and blood vessels) collapse or death. hyperactivity.
cleaning fluids. glue. They are sniffed or “huffed” (act of inhaling vapors). amyl nitrite* and lighter fuel. they can cause permanent physical and mental damage. paint. When substances or fumes are inhaled through the nose or mouth.Inhalants • Poppers • Whippets • Laughing Gas • Rush I StreetNames: household products as aerosol sprays. Inhalants affect the brain. They starve the body of oxygen and force the heart to beat irregularly and more rapidly inhalants include chemicals found in such 22 . paint thinner. nail polish remover.
Long-term Effects: Can lead to muscle wasting and reduced muscle tone and strength. inhalants can kill a person by heart attack or suffocation as the inhaled fumes take the place of oxygen in the lungs and central nervous system. Can permanently damage the body and brain. Someone on inhalants may also suddenly react with extreme violence. 23 .Short-term Effects: In addition to the above.
It is highly addictive. 24 . Heroin enters the brain rapidly but makes people think and react slowly. impairing their decision-making ability. hepatitis(liver disease) and other diseases Caused by infected needles.Heroin is StreetNames: • Horse • Smack •H • Skag • Junk • Brown Sugar Injecting the drug can create a Risk of AIDS. It causes difficulty in remembering things.
Pregnant women can suffer spontaneous abortion. Lung complications may result. 25 . AIDS and other blood-borne virus diseases. Sharing of needles or fluids may result in hepatitis. Cardiac (heart) functions slow down and breathing is severely slowed. nausea and vomiting. Long-term Effects: Scarred and/or collapsed veins. abscesses and other soft-tissue infections. heart valves.Short-term Effects: Abusers experience clouded mental functioning. bacterial infections of the blood vessels. Awareness of pain may be suppressed. and liver or kidney disease. sometimes to the point of death.
It is commonly added to absorbent paper and divided into small decorated squares. capsules or in liquid form. LSD 26 .StreetNames: • Acid • Cid • Blotter • Heavenly Blue • Microdot • Purple Heart • California Sunshine • Tab • Dots LSD is sold in tablets.
Long-term Effects: Flashbacks. sleeplessness. loss of appetite. of an LSD “trip” can be experienced long after the drug is taken and its effect has apparently worn off. The “trip” itself usually begins to clear up after about 12 hours.Short-termEffects: Dilated pupils. higher body temperature. fear of insanity and death and feelings of despair while using LSD. but some users manifest long-lasting psychoses. fear of losing control. increased heart rate and blood pressure. People can experience severe. dry mouth and tremors. 27 . or recurrences. terrifying thoughts and feelings. sweating.
Please don’t get so high so you have to end up buried in the ground Don’t use and abuse drugs Thank you. .
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