Drugs and alcohol are both substances which alter the perceptions of the individual who consumes them. Using these substances regularly can cause a lot of trouble for the user. Many find that their occasional use turns into habitual use, which is more often than not just a step away from addiction. Addiction is where the […]

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1 out of 4 Americans between the age of 26 and 34 have used cocaine in their lifetime. According to the Minnesota Institute for Public Health and drug prevention resource center, 5,000 adults in the United States try cocaine for the first time each day. (1985) Today it is estimated that 22 to 25 million […]

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According to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, only 5.5% of all federal crack defendants are high-level dealers. Approximately 100 years after cocaine entered into use, a new variation of the substance emerged. This substance, crack, became enormously popular in the mid-1980s due in part to its almost immediate high and the fact that it is inexpensive […]

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According to Drug Abuse Warning Network, or DAWN, heroin and morphine accounted for 51% of drug deaths ruled accidental or unexpected in 1999. Heroin is a highly addictive drug, and its use is a serious problem in America. Current estimates suggest that nearly 600,000 people need treatment for heroin addiction. Recent studies suggest a shift […]

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According to the UN’s estimate, 141 million people around the world use marijuana. This represents about 2.5 percent of the world population. Among teens 12 to 17, the average age of first trying marijuana was 14 years old. Data has shown that people high on marijuana show the same lack of coordination on standard “drunk […]

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In July 2000, the U.S. Customs Service at Los Angeles International Airport seized 16 packages containing 2.1 million Ecstasy tablets (1,096 pounds) with an estimated street value of at least $41 million. Research suggests that people who used ecstasy at least 25 times had lowered serotonin levels for as long as a year after quitting. […]

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Estimate of 5.7 million users, we still have a substantial distance to go in reducing the use of this addictive stimulant. Science is helping. For example, we now know more about where and how cocaine acts in the brain, including how the drug produces its pleasurable effects and why it is so addictive. There are […]

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Of the 4.2 million Americans who have ever tried crack, about 600,000 are currently addicted. Some experts call it the most addictive drug; and some users say they were addicted the moment they first put a pipe to their lips. When smoked, crack reaches the brain within seconds, producing instant effects which last eight to […]

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Typically, a heroin abuser may inject up to four times a day. Smoking and sniffing heroin do not produce a “rush” as quickly or as intensely as intravenous injection, NIDA researchers have confirmed that all three forms of heroin administration are addictive. Over 80% of heroin users inject with a partner, yet 80% of overdose […]

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Most users roll loose marijuana into a cigarette (called a “joint”). Effects of smoking marijuana are felt within minutes, reach their peak in 10 to 30 minutes, and may linger for two or three hours. Marijuana is the most often used illegal drug in this country. Marijuana decreases the body’s ability to fight diseases is […]

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