Don’t Be A Dope: An Introspective Look On Drugs


Kayla Woods, Writer

The usage of drugs around the world is tremendously high. An immense number of people use drugs, simply because they got addicted  or it makes them feel better. People don’t realize the damage drugs can affect on our body overtime. Worst case scenario, it can lead to death. For example, in 2009, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration,  one of the most common drug around the world is marijuana. Now that we are legalizing it in more states, the usage rate is only continuing to grow. Teenagers are more likely to smoke it, with the number of marijuana users especially high in the teenager category. In recent studies, teenagers are likely to smoke marijuana simply because they like the feeling it gives them. Little do they know, that it can do some damage to your body. It’s not as bad as other drugs, but it can cause permanent brain damage and other side effects. These can include altered senses such as brightness in color, an altered sense of time, changes in mood, impaired body movement, difficulty with thinking and problem-solving, and impaired memory.. It can mess with your mental stability and may lead to anxiety, depression, etc. It can also cause temporary paranoia and hallucinations.

Drugs such as marijuana, alcohol, cocaine, or heroin are leading to more car accidents. People get in the car under the influence and put themselves in danger, as well as others on the road. They put people, children, and families in trouble around the neighborhood with the effects of drugs. It can cause people to act violently.  Also, it can cause withdrawal. For example, heroin withdrawal causes vomiting, muscle cramps, convulsions, delirium. Plus, people who use drugs have a higher chances of contracting diseases. There are over 10,000 deaths directly relating to drug use in the United States every year. With the use of drug abuse growing each year, death rates of users are continuing to increase. This is a major issue that I think needs to be addressed more. If we address this problem and announce the death rates, the side effects, and how it can ruin not only yourself, but others in danger by taking drugs, then hopefully the numbers can continue to decrease. In school or out of school we don’t talk about drugs which is why the rates are so high. We need to be serious and realize the effects this has on us as an individual, and as a whole overall.

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