Drug Abuse

How has drug abuse effected the next generation of people?

Background Information

Drugs have many bad effects, including death, loss of social skills, and other criminal like activities. The drugs that pose the most threat to the united states are heroin and meth. Heroin is injected through the vein, and puts the user in risk of HIV because of needle contamination. Heroin is very addictive. Meth is a stimulant that has bad affects on the central nervous system, it increases heart rate, breathing rate and blood pressure. Cocaine is a powerful addictive stimulant made from coca leaves that causes heart attacks and brain hemorrhages. Marijuana is the most used illegal drug in the US. It impairs peoples judgement and reaction time and decreases coordination. LSD causes users to see images , hear sounds , and feel sensations that don't really exist.

Causes of Drug Abuse

One cause for drug abuse is that many people are stressed and tired and so that want to get a high. After they take the drug some bodies might be addicted to it and then you are addicted to that drug just like that. Another reason for drug abuse is peer pressure. Some people will try to get you to take a drug. Lets say you do, you try it and then if the drug is addictive and your bodies take it a certain way, you are addicted to it. One try can cause drug abuse. Some people will be addicted to the drug but others will not. It all just starts with one try. Some people think they are cooler if they try drugs which can lead to them getting addicted. Some people grew up around drugs in bad parts of the city or something like that and they think that drugs are a normal part of life so when they get the right age they will take drugs and think that it is okay.

Some of the Effects of Drug Abuse

Final Thoughts and Answer to the EQ

In 2013 24.6 million people of the age of 12 or older has used an illicit drug in the past month. That is 9.4% of the population! Marijuana has increased 1.6% percent since 2007. There were about 14.5 million users from age 12 and up now in 2013 there are 19.8 million users. In 2013, 6.5 million Americans aged 12 or older (or 2.5 percent) had used prescription drugs non-medically in the past month. Prescription drugs include pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives. And 1.3 million Americans (0.5 percent) had used hallucinogens (a category that includes ecstasy and LSD) in the past month. This shows that not all drug are making a huge change, but still increasing. Cocaine has gone down since 2002-2007 it has gone down around 0.5 million users. Teens smoking has decreased rapidly from 13% in 2002 and 5.6% in 2013. Most people use drugs for the first time when they are teenagers. My final answer to the EQ is, drug abuse has effected this generation in a very bad way. Because there were so much of it people, kids, thought it would be okay. One try can get you addicted and kids did not learn the consequences. Yes, smoking has gone down form teens since 2002 but other drugs like marijuana and illicit drugs have gone up, and being used more and more by people who have no clue what they are getting their selves in.


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BY Evan Buecker