Top 8 of most common illegal drugs.

By: Betsaida Cubillos

1. Marijuana:Is the most benign drug on this list, it certainly can cause changes in the brain to the point of addiction.
2. Ecstasy:

is the more common street name for 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine—a substituted amphetamine drug also known as MDMA. This is a synthetic chemical, with complex effects that mimic both methamphetamine link url stimulants and mescaline hallucinogens.

3.Methadone:

Methadone is an opioid medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic. Methadone reduces withdrawal symptoms in people addicted to heroin or other narcotic drugs without causing the “high” associated with the drug addiction.

Methadone is used as a pain reliever and as part of drug addiction detoxification and maintenance programs and is only available from certified pharmacies.
4.Amphetamines:
Amphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant that affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control.
is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
The Evekeo brand of amphetamine is used to treat ADHD and also narcolepsy. Evekeo is sometimes used to treat obesity in people who have not lost weight with diets or other treatments.

5. Cocaine:

Cocaine, like many other drugs on this list, affects the amount of dopamine in a person’s brain and causes intense cravings for more of the substance. Snorting cocaine powder causes a rapid, intense high and builds up a tolerance quickly. Coming down from a cocaine high can cause depression, edginess and irregular sleeping and eating patterns
6. Bath Salts:

Bath salts are considered a cheap alternative to cocaine, ecstasy or methamphetamine. As a stimulant, bath salts reached a high in usage in the mid- to late-2000s, but the U.S. began cracking down on the substance in 2012. Bath salts often cause insomnia, agitation, hallucinations and even violent behavior upon first use. Long-term use can lead to kidney and liver damage, as well as a breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue.

7. Heroin:

Heroin is a highly addictive, illegal drug. It is used by millions of addicts around the world who are unable to overcome the urge to continue taking this drug every day of their lives—knowing that if they stop, they will face the horror of withdrawal.

Heroin (like opium and morphine) is made from the resin of poppy plants. Milky, sap-like opium is first removed from the pod of the poppy flower. This opium is refined to make morphine, then further refined into different forms of heroin.

Most heroin is injected, creating additional risks for the user, who faces the danger of AIDS or other infection on top of the pain of addiction.

8.Crack Cocaine:

Crack, also known as crack rocks, is the purest form of cocaine available and is smoked through a glass pipe. It causes the user’s brain to release large amounts of dopamine, which results in intense feelings of pleasure and a burst of energy for about 10 minutes. Some users become addicted to crack the first time they try it.

Crack cocaine and powder cocaine have similar chemical compositions and effects, but crack causes a stronger, faster high, albeit one that lasts for a shorter amount of time. Crack abuse became a national crisis in the 1980s and early ‘90s, although crack users make up just a small percentage of overall cocaine users today. U.S. federal law is harsher for crack than it is for cocaine, particularly for those who are found distributing the substance.

Apa References:

What Are The Top 10 Most Addictive Illegal Drugs? (2016). Retrieved November 01, 2016, from https://www.summitbehavioralhealth.com/blog/top-10-addictive-illegal-drugs/

Image:

Illegal Drugs and addictions (n.d.). Retrieved November 17, 2016, from https://www.google.com.mx/search?q=illegal+drug+trade&biw=1366&bih=613&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiuzfKuiLLQAhXm3YMKHYmOBMwQ_AUIBigB#tbm=isch&q=illegal+drug+&imgrc=qqCyssZNkAlPVM%3A

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