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Designer Drugs, chemical variations of existing illegal drugs, are known to possibly cause permanent brain damage with a single dose. Marijuana produced today is from five to twenty times stronger than that of ten years ago. The hacking and sniffing of easily accessible household items such as spray paint, video head cleaner, and gasoline, to name just a few, may cause unconsciousness, brain damage, and sudden death. Misuse of cough syrups containing dextromethrophan (DXM) is increasingly on the rise. The misuse of this drug mimics the euphoric and hallucinogenic effects of Ecstasy. A new form of methamphetamine called Ya Ba, considered as more powerful and dangerous, has recently become the most popular fad of the underground dance club scenes.
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Cocaine/Crack: Robbing America
Cocaine use is the fastest growing drug problem in America. This rapid rise is attributed to the purified and more potent form of cocaine called crack or rock. Crack is extremely addictive, far more addictive than either heroin or barbiturates. Because crack is smoked, it is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, which then produces a feeling of extreme euphoria. This effect peaks in seconds and leaves the user desiring more. Repeated use of crack can lead to addiction within a few days. Once addicted, users may turn to crimes such as stealing, prostitution, robbery, and drug dealing to support their habit. Crack use leads to psychological disorders, which can produce violent behaviors and psychotic states similar to schizophrenia. Crack is deadly. Cocaine use in any form can cause sudden death from cardiac arrest or respiratory failure. Because cocaine acts directly on what are known as the pleasure centers of the brain, the use of this drug in any of its forms produces an intense desire to experience the pleasurable effects again and again. An April 2002 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that thirty-
Methamphetamine Addiction: Speed Still Kills
In 1994 it was estimated that 3.8 million people had tried methamphetamine in their lives. A survey done in 2002 shows that this figure has risen dramatically to 8.8 million lifetime users. Fifty-
Restoring Broken Lives
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