Frequently Abused Stimulants
06/03/20: Drug AddictionDrug abuse has become a problem that doesn't seem to be ending soon. Nearly every country has some proportion of drug abuse cases wherein people are illegally trading and consuming drugs. Both prescription and non-prescription drugs have become quite popular among the addicts. In this post, let's talk about stimulant drugs and their types that are most commonly abused.
What Are Stimulants?Stimulants are a class of highly addictive and dangerous drugs that are commonly abused around the world. These drugs are referred to as uppers and their intake increases activity in the body. Generally, stimulants are abused due to its euphoric and performance-enhancing effects which spikes energy levels and improves focus. These drugs are often prescribed for narcolepsy and ADH disorders. However, since the drug is known to be abused by teens, young adults, and athletes, it is only prescribed when other measures are deemed ineffective. Stimulants can induce calming sensations as it increases the release of dopamine in the brain.
How Are They Taken?Stimulants, like any other drug, are either taken orally, snorted, or even injected to get quick results. The effects, however, depends on the type of stimulant taken and can last from a few minutes to a few hours as well. Short term effects of the drug encourage people to consume it frequently which leads to daily abuse. Long-term consequences of this drug are even worse as it directly impacts the usual working of the brain and disturbs the very basic function.
What Are The Types Of Stimulants?There are two types of stimulants – ones that are available legally and others are sold in the illicit market. Let's dive deep into legal and illegal stimulants and see how harmful they are:
Legal StimulantsLegal stimulants such as nicotine and caffeine are readily available in stores whereas prescription stimulants are given by the medical personnel to use for a short period of time. Even small doses of stimulants, if continued for long, can lead to serious addiction. Here are the types of legal stimulants:
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Illegal StimulantsIn the illegal market, methamphetamine (commonly known as meth) and cocaine are primarily the most frequently abused stimulants. These are deemed illicit due to their addictive nature and harmful effects on the body. If taken for long, these drugs can induce dependency resulting in an uncontrollable urge to abuse.
ConclusionVarious studies have concluded that teenagers and young adults are most commonly seen abusing both prescribed and illicit stimulants. However, what they fail to understand is the fact that when addiction kicks in, the drug intake can continue for years. Students who depend on stimulants to improve focus and concentration find it difficult to manage in the absence of these drugs. It is because their body has stopped focusing naturally and it needs a push to do so. And drugs are the push. Stimulants also have a long-term effect on the body even if you have stopped the abuse a year ago. The withdrawal symptoms are even worse and can cause the addict to relapse. It then becomes crucial to not try these drugs as even one try is enough to induce addiction. And even if you find someone suffering from stimulant abuse, seek immediate medical attention.
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