Topics: Cocaine, Drug addiction, HIV Pages: 2 (382 words) Published: May 23, 2013
Luke Monson
Family Life
Mrs. Batty

Getting High Falling Low

The article that I read was about different kinds of kids that are addicted to different kinds of drugs, and what affect the drugs have when you take them. It also gives a doctor’s advice and information about the drugs and what the do to the human body and a person’s brain.

In 2009, 6.4 percent of all high school students have tried cocaine at some point in their life. It is said that this cause a large amount of addiction because it releases a substance called, dopamine. Cocaine makes your brain release four times as much dopamine as it normally would. Your brain releases dopamine when you do something that you like or enjoy a lot or when you smell a good food. But when you do to much cocaine, your brain is used to such high amounts of stimulation that the things the you would normally enjoy, don’t make you happy anymore. Which is why people get addicted to cocaine so that they can get that sense of happiness back again. This causes an overdose at some point in an avid cocaine snorters lifetime because they have to take to much to get the happiness feeling again.

The long-lasting problems that cocaine gives you is much more than you would think. Many types of different people have said they have been experiencing nausea, headaches, weird hallucinations, etc. All of these problems just to get a 10-45 minute high. You’re heart is more likely to give out because the high of the cocaine makes your heart beat harder and faster which can, in some cases, cause a heart attack or heart failure.

There are many different ways that cocaine comes in, like powder, liquid, freebase, or crack. Also, another downside for snorting cocaine is that cocaine users are at a much higher risk at contracting the HIV virus because of all the contaminated needles, mouth wounds from crack pipes, and the need to be a little more risky like having unprotected sex.

So, this should let all teens and even...
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