Illegal Drugs

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Illegal Drugs

In 2002, there were 21,683 deaths that occurred from illegal drug-induced causes. The rising rate that people are abusing illegal drugs is alarming. Illegal drugs are all used for the same purpose, to create pleasure and escape pain. Whether it's an escape from a painful reality or simple escape from boredom, the use of drugs can start innocently enough. However, for many people the use of illegal drugs can turn into a consuming addiction where use is more out of a necessity than for pleasure seeking. The negative effects of illegal drugs can hurt the user, the user's family, and can hurt society.

Some of the illegal drugs that I am referring to are: marijuana, cocaine, crack, meth, crank, heroin, opium, ecstasy, L.S.D., PCP, HCM, and mescaline, but the list could go on. The negative effects that these drugs have on the body are immense. Short-term effects can include: water loss from sweating, high body temperature and loss of motor skills and judgment.

Some long term effects that can occur from the abuse of drugs are: hepatitis C, loss of brain cells, depression, panic disorders or even death from an overdose.

Destroying a family is very easy to do when abusing drugs. Drugs are very expensive. One could spend a whole paycheck on drugs, that is if the abuser even has a job. It is hard to maintain or get a job when one is abusing drugs. Many employers require drug testing for employment. Because drugs are so expensive, one might often resort to stealing or even killing to get what he needs. This illegal activity can cause imprisonment thus causing families numerous problems.

Drugs are a huge risk to one's health and safety, but they are also a tremendous risk to the safety of society. When...