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There are many types of drugs in the world today. Some of the most often used drugs are Narcotics, and Cannabis. Narcotics are strong painkillers that produce a relaxed, dreamy state (Holmes 1). Some types of Narcotics are Codeine, Opium, Morphine, and Heroin. Narcotics act like the chemicals in your body Endorphins. Endorphins control pain, and regulate your emotions. When Endorphins levels are high, you feel euphoric, narcotics produce this same effect, but with bad side effects. Cannabis comes from an Indian hemp plant. It has many nicknames such as marijuana, pot, weed, and grass. Cannabis has some of the same psychological effects of many stimulants, depressants, and hallucinogens (Getchell, Pippin, Vernes 5).

Codeine is prescribed for mild pain, it is the least potent narcotic. Some prescription cough medicines contain codeine because it has a calming effect. It is abused because of the euphoria it produces. It is not as addictive as other potent narcotics, but it does cause some physical and psychological dependence.

One popular nickname for Codeine is school boy (Getchell, Pippin, Vernes 5).

Opium is a stronger narcotic than codeine. It is sometimes produced for pain relief and to control diarrhea. Opium also produces a euphoric rush. This euphoria is followed by a dream like state. It is very addictive, and the withdrawal symptoms are very severe. Opium has two well known nicknames which are blue velvet and black stuff (Getchell, Pippin, Vernes 5).

Morphine is more potent than opium. It is one of the strongest painkillers presently known to man. It is so addictive that its medical use is strictly limited by law. It is usually prescribed to cancer patients or after a major surgery. Morphine is abused because of its euphoric effect. Physical and psychological dependence comes quickly. Withdrawal from Morphine is very, very difficult...