The Reality of Drugs - Discuss the different drug groups, popular drugs in each group, the affects each drug has on the body, and what actions can be taken for treamtment

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Drugs have become a very serious problem in the United States. They have

become a component of one's every day lives. This Nation's reliance on drugs for

pleasure, depression, and medical relief dominates the political and economic scene.

Much debate over the drug issue occurs daily.

There are hundreds of different drugs, each with its particular effect on the body's nervous system. For instance, narcotics are a series of drugs that affect the mind, causing mental changes. The United States Government will not allow new drugs to be prescribed by a doctor or sold by a pharmacist until the drug has been thoroughly tested and proven to be medically safe. These tests take as long as years to be approved for public use. Unstable drugs are street drugs such as crack, cocaine, heroin, LSD, and MDMA that are made up of several chemical substances that are produced illegally under poor circumstances.

Some drugs that are stable are still highly addictive and can cause a number of problems in an individual's life. Certain drugs are responsible for killing thousands of people each year. Those who escape death are sometimes confined to a mental institution.

Alcohol is the most used and abused drug in the world. Alcoholism is a chronic usually progressive disease that includes both a psychological and a physical addiction to alcohol. Alcoholics know what will happen to them when they drink but they are so addicted they can't stop drinking. Alcohol becomes the most important part of the person's life. It totally consumes them; all their thoughts and actions have to do are somehow associated with alcohol. Alcoholism like other illnesses will become worse without treatment and remain life-threatening as long as it is left untreated. The psychological dependence an alcoholic has is when they think alcohol is...