Drugs and Their Effects – Stimulants

April 8th, 2011

Stimulant CokeAmong the most prevalent and dangerous stimulant drugs are cocaine, crack, and methamphetamine.  These drugs can be smoked, snorted, injected and swallowed.

Cocaine is the third most highly abused type of drug in America (after #1 marijuana and #2 prescription drugs), with 1.9 million users.

Known also as coke, blow and snow, cocaine comes in fifth in terms of most harmful drugs, with its dangerous cousin crack cocaine coming in third, and meth coming in fourth.

Stimulants give one a feeling of exhilaration coupled with high energy and other effects like tremors, anxiety, panic, and paranoia.  The physical effects include increased heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature. Long term effects can get nasty, starting with weight loss and insomnia, and progressing to cardiovascular complications, strokes, seizures, and nasal damage.  However, in meth’s case, be sure to add severe dental problems as well.

For all each of these drugs, there is one final repercussion when used: that monkey on your back, addiction.



S. Cody Barrus, Senior Managing Editor

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