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Deadly Drugs – The 5 Worst Drug Addictions

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There are several illegal drugs available to people all over the world. While none of these types of drugs are good, some are worse than others when it comes to drug addictions. These drugs can ruin lives and cause death. The drugs can cause harm to a person’s body and mind. The person addicted to the drugs is not the only one affected by their addiction. Entire families are affected as well.


Some states have made the use of marijuana legal for medical purposes. Marijuana is also used illegally for recreational uses. Marijuana is typically smoked and it comes from the cannabis sativa plant. As a drug that is easy to become addicted to, it can cause short-term medical effects including increased blood pressure, dry mouth, rapid heart rate, and slowed reaction time. The drug can also cause mood swings from calmness to a state of anxiety. Withdrawal symptoms can include anxiety, depression, loss of appetite, and aggression.

Crystal Meth

Crystal meth is another illegal drug that can cause a drug addiction. Crystal meth is a poison that will destroy a person’s body over time. It causes serious health issues including psychotic behavior, aggression, and memory loss. It can also cause brain and heart damage. It is a highly addictive drug and can result in terrible health problems and lead to death.


Cocaine is another drug that affects the central nervous system and is very addictive. The brain and heart are also negatively affected by cocaine. It can cause severe health problems and even sudden death. Using cocaine can cause almost instant effects including an elevated mood that a person notices. What they do not notice is the cocaine affecting the entire body as it harms the brain, kidneys, blood vessels, heart, and lungs. As with most drug addictions, a person does not think they are addicted even when they are.


The narcotic analgesic drug, opium, comes from the seed pods of the opium poppy before they are ripe. Drug addictions to opium include a psychological and physical dependence on the drug. Users will find that they will need to increase their usage as they become tolerant to the effects of opium. The drug can cause their blood pressure to drop and they may start to have a drop in their pulse rate. It is highly addictive and the withdrawal symptoms can include depression, sweating, nausea, anxiety, and vomiting.


As with opium, heroin comes from the opium poppy and drug addictions to this drug can happen easily. Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs there is as well as being one of the most destructive. A person can become addicted in as little as three days if using heroin. It can make people feel euphoric and content. Because many people inject heroin there is a high risk of infection, AIDS, and lethal injections. Withdrawal is usually nasty and includes shivering, diarrhea, restlessness, and intense craving of the drug.

All drug addictions are bad and can lead to serious health issues or death. Some people are more easily addicted than others are. Most people do not realize they are addicted. It will take time to kick any drug addiction and cause many different side effects, most of which are not very pleasant. Getting off the drugs is not an easy process and it should be done with medical attention.

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