Drug addiction is a condition which is characterized by a compulsive and overwhelming desire to take the drug to which a person has used repeatedly to produce a certain effect which usually happens in the person’s mind. The craving for the drug can become uncontrollable that the addicted person continues to use it amidst its consequences which can be fatal.

Here are some of the most common illegal drugs and their deadly effects:

1. Cannabis or Marijuana

This is a very common street drug which comes from the marijuana plant scientifically known as Cannabis Sativa.

The short-term effects of marijuana include dizziness, dryness of the mouth, panic, extreme anxiety, paranoia, hunger and loss of coordination of the body and mind.

Prolonged use of Cannabis can also cause lung disease such as cancer, respiratory problems, hypertension and infertility. It is also known to affect a person’s mental state which can lead to depression or schizophrenia.

2. Amphetamines

Amphetamines are also known as speed in the streets. They are powerful stimulants which produce the feeling of euphoria, aggression or alertness, but these can be achieved at the expense of the user’s good judgment. The harmful effects of amphitamines include dizziness, hallucinations, depression, insomnia and in some cases, bursting of the blood vessels which can lead to paralysis and in extreme cases, death.

3. Ecstasy

Ecstasy is the street name for methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA). It is a synthetic, mind altering drug which can cause hallucination, dehydration, nausea, palpitation, hypertension, depression, confusion, anxiety and panic. The severe dehydration that follows after ecstasy abuse can lead to unconsciousness, coma or death.

4. Cocaine and crack

Cocaine is an addictive drug derived from coca leaves. It is a colorless or white crystalline alkaloid used by drug addicts for its euphoric effects. It is also used in medicine as a local anesthetic especially for the eyes, nose or throat.

Its effects on the abuser include abnormal palpitation and high blood pressure. Aside from these, cocaine can also cause sudden increase in body temperature, paranoia, insomnia, depression, malnutrition and impotence.

5. LSD (acid)

LSD is the street name for “D-Lysergic Acid Diethylamide.” It is a highly potent hallucinogen which has the capability to alter human behavior and perception. The most dangerous effect of this drug is its ability to change a person’s mental and psychological state. It can even make a person believe that he can fly. These and other “bad trips” caused by LSD have led to a number of deaths and mental illnesses.

6. Heroin

It is a white crystalline compound which is derived from morphine. It is a highly addictive narcotic which can cause heart failure, unconsciousness and coma. Another side effect brought by heroin is the risk of contracting serious diseases like hepatitis and HIV.

The purity of heroin sold on the street is only 10 to 60 percent. Drug dealers mix pure heroin with other substances to increase its quantity and make more profits. These substances are very harmful and toxic. The impurity of the heroin can also lead its user to overdose which can be fatal.

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