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Friday, July 1, 2011

Top 6 most dangerous drugs

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There are many dangerous drugs out there, this list is a partial at best but the top most lethal street drugs are included in this list. If you suffer from addiction and you live in South Carolina please see: Addiction Treatment Centers in South Carolina.

Heroin:
Heroin is one of the most addictive of all drugs and often is very difficult to quit. Many addicts fear the withdrawals symptoms of getting off of Heroin and many do not succeed on their own to gain control of this addiction.  What makes Heroin so dangerous is the long term effects of its abuse, which are collapsed veins, infection of the heart lining and valves, abscesses, cellulitis, and liver disease. Pulmonary complications, including pneumonia, may result from the poor health condition of the abuser, as well as from heroin’s depressing effects on respiration. Many well known celebrities have succumbed to heroin and many have died as a result. Heroin victims: River Phoenix, Jim Morrison, Billie Holiday, Hillel Slovak, John Belushi, Janis Joplin  to name a few.

Crystal Methamphetamine:
Crystal Methamphetamine, also known as Crystal Meth is one of the most lethal, addictive drugs today. It is extremely difficult to quit and many addicts relapse once they leave treatment. Addicts to Crystal meth  have to go into  treatment several times to save their life.

Problems that arise from the use of Crystal Meth include:
Paranoia
Anxiety
Confusion
Hallucinations
Insomnia & Violent behavior.

Psychotic symptoms may last for months, or possibly years, after someone has stopped using the drug! Overuse of the drug can bring on short term memory loss, wild rages and drastic mood swings, as well as the obvious damage to the immune system.
Users who inject the drug potentially expose themselves to HIV, hepatitis B and C and other viruses that pass through the blood from an infected needle.
Other issues that can arise from repeated injections of crystal meth include:

1. Infections of the heart lining and valves
2. Scarred or collapsed veins
3. Abscesses
4. Pneumonia
5. Tuberculosis
6. Liver disease
7. Kidney disease
8. Death

LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide) :
 LSD is a  psychedelic drug, which is very addictive and dangerous. LSD is a odorless, colorless drug that tastes slightly bitter. Often LSD is added to absorbent paper and divided into small decorative squares many with cartoon images. Each square represents one dose.  Some LSD users experience flashbacks. A flashback occurs suddenly, often without warning, and may occur within a few days or more than a year after LSD use.  The physical effects include dilated pupils, higher body temperature, increased heart rate and blood pressure, sweating, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, dry mouth, and tremors. Sensations and feelings change much more dramatically than the physical signs. The user may feel several different emotions at once or swing rapidly from one emotion to another. If taken in a large enough dose, the drug produces delusions and visual hallucinations .The user's sense of time and self changes. Sensations may seem to "cross over," giving the user the feeling of hearing colors and seeing sounds. These changes can be frightening and can cause panic.

Cocaine/Crack :
Cocaine is an extremely powerful drug. The various ways of taking Cocaine are snorting, injecting and smoking. Smoking allows extremely high doses of Cocaine to reach the brain very quickly and results in an intense and immediate high. Cocaine effects are extremely detrimental on the body and the consequences related to cocaine effects can eventually lead to permanent damage, addiction and death. While each person who uses this drug reacts to it differently, there are two distinct categories of cocaine effects: short-term effects and long-term effects. Even if a person has only used cocaine once, he/she can experience short-term cocaine effects. Long-term cocaine effects appear after increased periods of use and are dependent upon the duration of time and amount of cocaine that has been consumed. Physical effects of Cocaine use include constricted peripheral blood vessels, dilated pupils, and increased body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. Some cocaine users report feelings of restlessness, irritability, and anxiety, both while using and between periods of use. High doses of Cocaine can cause paranoia. Combination of Cocaine and Alcohol is deadly. It creates a third substance called Cocaethylene, which intensifies the effect and can cause sudden death. Crack, Cocaine’s ugly cheaper cousin can have all of the effects of regular Cocaine at a cheaper price, it also can take only one “hit” on the pipe of crack to kill you regardless of the size of the dose.  Crack is highly addictive, cheaply made and many times can have impurities in the process that make it even more dangerous. People that get addicted to crack become so very quickly.

Ketamine C:
Ketamine C is a powerful hallucinogenic also known as Special K.
Ketamine can cause vomiting. Eating or drinking before taking Ketamine increases the risk of choking on vomit. When taken in high amounts, Ketamine may depress the central nervous system. This leads to slower breathing, seizures, and coma and may result in death. Taking Ketamine with other central nervous system depressants such as alcohol is very dangerous and may result in death.
Short-term use of Ketamine can produce many other effects:
1. sleepiness
2. confusion
3.  loss of coordination
4.  blurred vision
5.  inability to speak
6.  fever
7.  nausea and vomiting
8.  increased blood pressure and heart rate
9.  memory loss
10. nose bleeds
11. unpleasant taste
12. decreased response to pain

In addition, a person could potentially experience:

 Temporary paralysis (inability to move)
 incoherent or semi-consciousness
 Respiratory depression, as well as a severe rise in blood pressure

 If you think that a person has overdosed, contact emergency services immediately.
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