Drugs - How They Effect Us
The word "drugs" has
a negative association with it. When we hear the word drugs
we think of illegal substances that mess with our heads and can
make us addicted. However, it is important to understand that
there are many drugs out there that are used in health care and
are in fact beneficial to us. However, when most teens experience
drugs or talk about drugs they are talking about the illegal ones.
Drugs are everywhere - we see people doing them on T.V., read
horror stories of celebrities that overdose and we see our own
peers doing them. It is very important that teens be informed
of the extreme dangers that are involved in the use of ANY type
of illegal or legal drug use, and when these are used improperly.
How do drugs work?
Drugs are chemicals or substances
that change the way our bodies work. When you put them into your
body (often by swallowing, inhaling, or injecting them), drugs
find their way into your bloodstream and are transported to parts
of your body, such as your brain. In the brain, drugs may either
intensify or dull your senses, alter your sense of alertness,
and sometimes decrease physical pain. A drug may be helpful or
harmful. The effects of drugs can vary depending upon the kind
of drug taken, how much is taken, how often it is used, how quickly
it gets to the brain, and what other drugs, food, or substances
are taken at the same time.
Many substances can harm your
body and your brain. Drinking
alcohol, smoking tobacco, taking illegal drugs, and sniffing
glue can all cause serious damage to the human body. Some drugs
severely impair a person's ability to make healthy choices and
decisions. Teens who drink, for example, are more likely to get
involved in dangerous situations, such as driving
under the influence or having unprotected
And just as there are many kinds
of drugs available, there are as many reasons for trying drugs
or starting to use drugs regularly. Some teens take drugs just
for the pleasure they believe they can bring. Many times, someone
tried to convince them that drugs would make them feel
good or that they'd have a better time if they took them.
Some teens believe drugs will
help them think better, be more popular, stay more active, or
become a better athlete. Others are simply curious and figure
one try won't hurt. Others want to fit in. Many teens use drugs
to gain attention from their parents or because they are depressed
or think drugs will help them escape their problems. The truth
is, drugs don't solve problems. Drugs simply hide feelings and
problems. When a drug wears off, the feelings and problems remain
- or become worse. Drugs can ruin every aspect of a person's life.
Types of Drugs