Say No to Drugs!

by Nathan Roman

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Smoking, drinking, and other drugs affect the body in negative ways.

Discover the truth below.

Legal Drugs

Nicotine

- a highly addictive stimulant found in tobacco that is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream when smoked.

- is typically smoked in cigarettes or cigars.

- it's as addictive as heroine and cocaine.

- hysical effects include rapid heartbeat, increased blood pressure, shortness of breath, and increased risk of cough and colds.

- users have an increased risk for lung diseases like lung cancer, heart disease, and stroke.


Alcohol

- is created when grains, fruits, or vegetables are fermented.

- is a depressant, which means it slows the function of the central nervous system.

- is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to buy alcohol in the US.

- can cause people to lose their coordination and slur their speech. They can become confused and disoriented.

Illegal Drugs

Marijuana

- is a shredded, green-brown mix of dried flowers, stems, and leaves from the plant Cannabis sativa.

- the main chemical in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) which affects the nerves of the brain that govern sensory perception and pleasure.

- it can cause difficulty thinking, problems with memory, loss of coordination, and disorientation.


Cocaine

- is a white powder that comes from the dried leaves of the coca plant, which is found in South America.

- is inhaled or snorted through the nose or injected into a vein. Crack is smoked in a pipe.

- is a stimulant, which means that it produces a fast, intense feeling of power and energy.

- makes the heart beat faster and can cause high blood pressure and fever.

- is so dangerous that using it just once can cause a heart attack, stroke, or even death.