DRUG INFOGRAPH

By Brady Anderson

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Marijuana

■A short description of each drug - Marijuana is a drug that comes from the leaves and flowers of the Cannabis plant. It is a hallucinogen drug which alters the users state of consciousness. It is legal in Colorado but otherwise it is the most used illegal drug in America.

■Whether the drug is a stimulant/depressant - It is a hallucinogen drug.

■ Whether the drug is a legal/illegal drug - It is an illegal drug.

■Statistics relating to the drug:

- Over 94 million people in America have admitted using it once.

- Among 12- to 17-year-olds, 6.7% were current marijuana users in 2007.

- In 2005, 242,200 emergency room visits in the United States involved marijuana.

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Cocaine/Crack

■A short description of each drug - Cocaine comes from a coca plant. It can be one of the hardest drugs to stop. Most people who use cocaine snort it. Like many others drugs it can be extremely addictive and its effects can be very dangerous.

■Whether the drug is a stimulant/depressant - Cocaine is a stimulant drug.

■ Whether the drug is a legal/illegal drug - Cocaine is an illegal drug.

■Statistics relating to the drug - A few statistics of Cocaine are:

- Behind Marijuana, Cocaine is the 2nd most common illegal drug used by people in the U.S. Around 15%

- 5,000 people every day try cocaine for the first time.

- 75% of all people who try cocaine become addicted to the drug.

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Heroin

■A short description of each drug - Heroin comes from opium poppy. Most people use it in liquid form to inject into their bodies. When people use Heroin they can get flushing of the skin.

■Whether the drug is a stimulant/depressant - Heroin is a depressant drug.

■ Whether the drug is a legal/illegal drug - Heroin is an illegal drug.

■Statistics relating to the drug - A few statistics of Heroin are:

- The average heroin addiction ingests between 150mg and 250mg of the drug per day.

- There are believed to be at least 700,000 people in the United States who need heroin addiction treatment but are not receiving it.

- About 2.1 million people use Heroin occasionally.

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Meth

■A short description of each drug - Meth is one of the worst drugs. It comes from laboratories where people make the drug. It looks like smalls crystals.

■Whether the drug is a stimulant/depressant - Meth is a stimulant drug.

■ Whether the drug is a legal/illegal drug - Meth is an illegal drug.

■Statistics relating to the drug - A few statistics of Meth are:

- In 2007, 4.5% of American high-school seniors and 4.1% of tenth grade students reported using methamphetamine at least once in their life.

- In 2007, 4.5% of American high-school seniors and 4.1% of tenth grade students reported using methamphetamine at least once in their life.