Some of the most commonly abused substances fall under the narcotics category. Referred to as the most dangerous, one-time use of any of these drugs can have life altering consequences including death. One big factor that contributes to the overall extreme dangers of narcotics is the unknown source. Often made with chemicals in a bathtub some of these drugs can have an imbalance of chemicals that can cause an adverse reaction in the user and become fatal when used.
Narcotics are often associated with nightlife, which can lead to dangerous mixtures with depressants like alcohol and other drugs. These dangerous mixtures with narcotics can be habit forming and increase the risk of heart attack and stroke over time. Below is a list of some of the effects of short and long-term use of narcotics. Most users will experience one or some of these symptoms at one point or another with continued narcotics use.
- Rapid Heart Rate
- High Blood Pressure
- Lower Kidney Function
- Cognitive Decline
- Heart Attack
- Neglected Hygiene
Recent studies and brain scans have revealed the damaging psychological effects street drugs have on the brain. Even a one time use can have a permanent consequence impacting a person’s mental health and lead to anxiety, depression, and psychotic behavior. To ensure dependency and “repeat customers” many of these narcotics made in unsafe environments might be further altered and include other additives.
Detox from Narcotics
Some of the most intense withdrawal symptoms experienced with addiction withdrawal are those experienced with narcotics. Still the effects of continued narcotics use greatly outweigh the withdrawal symptom effects. A medical program to detox from narcotics is still the most sure way you can minimize these symptoms and begin a journey to recovery. Knowing the narcotics, their effects, how they are made, and their effects can help someone better understand the dangers of use.
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Types of Narcotics
Phencyclidine or PCP is a hallucinogen that creates a profound distortion in a person’s perception. Developed in the 1950’s as an intravenous anesthetic, it was discontinued because of its side effects on people. Along with short-term effects, PCP can have dangerous long-term effects like Substance Abuse Disorder, overdose or death.
Gamma Hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is a central nervous system depressant that is particularly dangerous as it is often used in conjunction with alcohol and other types of drugs. There is a risk of overdose through mixing of drugs leading to respiratory depression which can result in long-term effects or death. Medical treatment and early intervention is recommended if Substance Abuse Disorder is suspected.
Methamphetamine (Crystal Meth)
Formed in the early 20th century from its parent drug amphetamine, Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant that affects the nervous system. Overdose is unfortunately very common with Methamphetamine and can happen with relatively smaller doses. Early intervention and medical treatment is recommended if Substance Abuse Disorder is detected.
MDMA - Ecstasy, Molly
MDMA, which is also referred to as Ecstasy or Molly is a popular party drug that can have bad short and long-term side effects. The composition of MDMA is similar to that of both stimulants and hallucinogens. The symptoms of this drug can be exacerbated by mixing with depressants and/or stimulants. Early intervention and medical treatment is recommended if Substance Abuse Disorder is detected.
Crack is a powdered form of cocaine designed to be smoked. The smoke-based delivery system provides an instant effect which is a hallmark of the drug's influence. The risk of Substance Use Disorder and threat of overdose means early intervention and medical attention when abuse is detected is key to successful recovery.
Ketamine is a dissociative drug designed to induce loss of consciousness or mitigate/remove pain. It has hallucinogenic, anesthetic and dissociative properties that make it popular for nightlife, parties and festivals. Major risks for the drug include Substance Abuse Disorder and possible amnesia, psychosis and other major issues.
Kratom is a psychotropic drug that can have side effects similar to both opioids and stimulants. The mind-altering effects of Kratom can be short-term as well as long-term resulting in permanent damage. Early intervention and medical treatment is important.
Cocaine is a powerful stimulant that is highly addictive. The drug is both popularly used and dangerous. It can lead to Substance Abuse Disorder, overdose, or death. Common overdose symptoms include heart attack, stroke, and/or seizures. The highly addictive nature of the drug, and the danger of overdose means intervention and medical treatment is key when abuse is detected.