World's Most Dangerous Drugs

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The World’s Most Dangerous Drugs

Evann Orleck-Jetter
Health 10
Fall 2011

Table of Contents

Introduction………………………………………….…2 Drug I
The Terrible Consequences of Meth……………………6
Meth Data Sheet…………………………………...…....9 “Crystal Meth” by Daycare Swindlers…………………10 Drug II
Persuasive Essay Against Alcohol Consumption……….12
Alcohol Data Sheet……………………………………...14 “Moonshiner” by Bob Dylan……………………………15 Data Forms.......................................................................17 Works Cited………………………………………….....23


The Dangers of Drugs
Evann Orleck-Jetter
Health 10
11/17/11

Alcohol. Marijuana. Meth. Cocaine. Heroin. PCP. LSD…etc. All drugs that we hear about all the time as youths in this modern world. Whether from the media, family and friends, teachers, or textbooks, we will grow up hearing about these drugs and the dangers they possess, yet some of us will still choose to use them and have our lives spiral out of control. Physically and emotionally, they can be deadly, and cause us to make decisions and take actions that will severely affect us. In family life, drugs are damaging as well. Addicts don’t just hurt themselves, but everyone around them. Drugs affect our brains, bodies, and lives in terrible ways. There are many reasons people start using drugs. One common explanation is the socio-cultural theory, which states that users try drugs within their social groups, therefore influencing their values and opinions about drugs and provides them with greater opportunities to abuse them, causing them to become addicted. ( Anderson 233) The media presents other troubles. Some shows/songs actually glorify drugs instead of discouraging their use. Popular songs like Young, Wild and Free, (one of the top-ten Itunes hits) have explicit drug, alcohol, and sex references which affect kid's perceptions of drugs. The chorus of the song follows:

“So what we get drunk.
So what we smoke weed.
We're just having fun
We don't care who sees
So what we go out
That's how it's supposed to be
Living young and wild and free.”
(Khalifa n.p.)

These images of drugs and alcohol lead children to believe there are no dangers in using them. But there are dangers, problems and horrible effects that drug use causes, that pop stars and rappers don’t think about when they are singing. It’s all about the bad-boy image, or the party-girl wannabe; but it’s fake and glosses over the real facts. For young adults, drugs can be especially dangerous. The amygdale is an almond-shaped part of the brain which controls arousal and emotions, especially fear. The prefrontal cortex is the front of the brain which controls how we react to the emotions produced by the amygdale. The pathway between the amygdale and the prefrontal cortex is not developed until a person is in their late 20s, therefore young adults are more likely to react rashly and make dangerous decisions, for example, using drugs. (“What is the Prefrontal Cortex?”) Initially, drugs can give someone confidence, excitement and more enjoyment. But as they become more and more addicted to drugs, they are not just mentally affected, but physically as well. Those who become addicted to methamphetamine can experience a complete physical transformation.They have poor diet and often lose all of their teeth, resulting in “meth mouth” and some users suffer from formication, which causes them to obsessively pick at their skin because they think bugs are crawling beneath the surface. (How Meth Destroys the Body.)Drugs like heroin and cocaine can lead to stroke or heart attack. Other drugs, like alcohol or nicotine, can lead to significant birth defects among infants, which can cause both physical and psychological damage. Imagine the feeling of looking at your child and knowing that their deformities or inability to do well in school are due to your irresponsible choices.

But with all the physical horrors of drug use, the emotional effects can be just as terrible....
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