Drugs in USA
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Heroin, abuse and addiction
"I hope information about heroin will inform people about the harmful effects of heroin."
It has never been more important to update people about the facts of Heroin, now, when the heroin abuse and addiction is on the rise. The USA’s youth has increased their use of Heroin, mostly because of the glamorisation of heroin in music and fashion. And the fact that heroins increased purity and decreased prices makes it even more imperative that people get more scientific information on this topic. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) have been doing research on heroin abuse and addiction. NIDA has publicated these research reports on an Internet location Http://www.nida.nih.gov/ResearchReports/Heroin/Heroin.html. Research shows that Heroin is highly addictive, and it has other side-effects like violence, tuberculosis, fatal effects, crime, and disruption in the family, the workplace and educational environments. Beside from these side-effects ,for the user, the abuse of heroin cost the government in the USA billions of dollars each year. All hope is not gone for individuals who are addicted to Heroin. Today’s research has provided positive results with effective ways of treatment.
Heroin is an illegal, highly addictive drug. Heroin is made of morphine, it is typically sold as a brownish or white powder or as a black sticky substance known as "black tar heroin" on the street. In the rescent years, purer heroin has become more usual, but still most heroin sold on the street is blended with sugar, starch, powdered milk or quinine.
Heroin has also been known to be "cut" with strychnine or other poisons. Because heroin users never know its effect or strength, they are at risk of overdose or death. Heroin abuser also put them self in mortal danger when they share needles, this increases the risk of getting infected of HIV or other diseases.
In 1996, according to the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, it was estimated that about 2,4 million people in USA used Heroin at some time in their lives. The results also show that nearly 216,000 of them also had used Heroin within the month preceding the survey. The survey also reports that there were 141,000 new Heroin users in 1995, and that there has been an increasing trend in new heroin use since 1992. Many of these new users had been smoking, snorting or sniffing heroin, and most were under the age of 26. Among youths from 12 to 17 it had been an increase in first time use from the 1980´s to 1995.
The 1996 Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN), which collects data on drug related hospital emergency department (ED) episodes from 21 metropolitan areas, estimates that 14 percent of all drug related episodes involved Heroin. From 1988 to 1994, heroin related episodes increased by 64% (from 39,063 to 64,013).
How is heroin used? Heroin can be sniffed/snorted, injected or smoked. A typical heroin abuser may inject himself about four times a day.
Cocaine is one of the most powerfully addictive drugs of abuse. When you have tried Cocaine just once, it is impossible to predict if you will continue using the drug.
In USA Cocaine has gone down on the list of trend-drugs among high school seniors. The number of Seniors who had tried Cocaine at least once in their lifetime dropped from 17,3% in 1985 to 7,1% in 1996. In 1996, 6,5% of 10th-graders had tried Cocaine at least once. This was 1,5% more than 10th graders that had tried it in 1995. Among the 8th graders who’d ever tried cocaine the percentage rose from 2,3% in 1991 to 4,5% in 1996.
The use of crack - cocaine increased among the 8th to 12th graders between 1992 and 1996. Over 3 percent had used this drug. Methods of Use The use of cocaine can range from episodic of occasional use to repeated or compulsive use, often with different patterns. Some of the most known methods of using cocaine are sniffing or snorting (when people inhales the powder through the nostrils), injecting and smoking. If people are snorting the cocaine is absorbed into the bloodstream trough the nasal tissues. With injection the drug is released directly into the bloodstream by using a needle. And when smoking, the cocaine-smoke is being inhaled into the lungs where the cocaine is absorbed into the bloodstream as rapid as injection. No matter what way you use cocaine, it is the same great risk. If people smoke cocaine, the chance of an even more rapid use is higher than the other methods. Through smoking very large doses of cocaine reaches the brain quickly and brings an intense and immediate high. While using the injecting drugs, the users are at risk of catching HIV infections if the equipment is shared.
The synthetic drug ecstasy has been more popular among college students and young adults in recent years. In America, 8th ,10th and 12th graders use
ecstasy much. NIDA`s study of ecstasy abuse among 8th, 10th and 12th graders show that Nearly 5% of 10th and 12th graders had used ecstasy within the
past year (1996), and about 2% of 8th grades had used it within the last year.
Ecstasy causes heavy brain damage. Before ecstasy became illegal, it was used by some psychiatrists and therapists to help them with psychotherapy.
Ecstasy has side-effects very similar i.e. Cocaine.
The Future of Drug Abuse
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