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Drug Abuses in America Growing at Alarming Rates

Drug Abuses in America Growing at Alarming Rates
Drug abuse in America used to be a very bad thing, but now its pretty common. Drug users inhabit almost every city or town in America. Drug abuse or use doesn’t necessarily mean using illegal drugs. It can mean abusing the use of prescription medicines or using household chemicals to get high. There are different types of drugs and different street names. For instance, if I want to buy a hit of ecstasy I would ask for ‘E’ or ‘X’. Heroin would be ‘smack’, ‘H’, or ‘junk’. Methamphetamine would be ‘crystal’ or ‘speed’. LSD is called ‘acid’ for its scientific name lysergic acid. The different types of drugs are stimulants or ‘uppers’ and depressants or ‘downers’. Two examples of ‘uppers’ are crystal methamphetamine and MDMA or ecstasy. Two examples of ‘downers’ are alcohol and marijuana. ‘Uppers’ are called ‘uppers’ because they stimulate you and can keep you awake a few days if you are a frequent user. They also speed up your heart rate, make you hallucinate, and can lead to death if mixed with other drugs. The high they produce gives you a euphoric feeling or lead to violence depending on what type of mood you are in before using them. The high lasts for anywhere from 2 hours to days at a time depending on how much of the drug you use.

It starts to hit you from around 5 minutes to around 30 minutes after you use. Some people take a hit then when the high starts to wear off take 2 hits to keep high because the body tends to build a quick tolerance to ‘uppers’. There are effects called ‘bad trips’ that cause scary hallucinations, blackouts, dehydration, and death from your heart rate getting so fast that you sweat your liquids all off and start withdrawing. It affects you main organs, especially your liver. Some people prefer to ‘speed ball’ which means mixing crystal methamphetamine and another ‘upper’ heroin. It speeds your heart rate up faster than any drug can and can kill you easily. ‘Downers’ are called ‘downers’ because they slow you down and calm your nerves. They also slow your heart rate down. Tobacco is the most used downer. It can calm your nerves. It is also the leading cause of lung and mouth cancer in the world. It can be smoked in cigarettes...

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