DRUGS

How they harm the body

Stimulants

act in the brain similarly to a family of key brain neurotransmitters called monoamines, Stimulants enhance the effects of these chemicals in the brain.

An example is dextroamphetamine.

Depressants

Higher doses can cause impairment of memory, judgment and coordination, irritability, paranoia,3 and suicidal thoughts. Some people experience the opposite of the intended effect, such as agitation or aggression.

An example is Zyprexa

Narcotics

Oral consumption of narcotic painkillers such as Morphine, Oxycontin or other prescription painkillers can cause a lessened effect as the drugs gradually enter the blood stream and take effect.

An example is herion

Hallucinogens

Classic hallucinogens are thought to produce their perception-altering effects by acting on neural circuits in the brain that use the neurotransmitter serotonin (Passie, 2008; Nichols, 2004; Schindler, 2012; Lee, 2012). Specifically, some of their most prominent effects occur in the prefrontal cortex—an area involved in mood, cognition, and perception—as well as other regions important in regulating arousal and physiological responses to stress and panic.

An example is LSD.

Inhalants

Inhalant use can cause damage to the heart, kidneys, brain, liver, bone marrow and other organs. Inhalantsstarve the body of oxygen and force the heart to beat irregularly and more rapidly. Users can experience nausea and nosebleeds and lose their sense of hearing or smell.

An example is Glue.