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The researchers found that the nerve cells (neurons) damaged by ecstasy are those that use the chemical serotonin to communicate with other neurons.
Pharmacologically, ritalin works on the neurotransmitter dopamine, and in that respect resembles the stimulant characteristics of cocaine.
Heroin can cause infection of heart lining and valves.
The designer drug "Ecstasy," or MDMA, causes long-lasting damage to brain areas that are critical for thought and memory, according to new research findings in the June 15 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience.
cocaine hydrochloride is commonly known as crack. Some users chemically process
cocaine in order to remove the hydrochloride. This process is called "freebasing"
and makes the drug more potent. "Crack" is a solid form of freebased
cocaine. Crack addiction is one of society's greatest problems today. Individuals
addicted to crack will do almost anything to get the drug. It has penetrated
all levels of our society, rich, poor, and everyone in between. Family members
connected to crack addicts live in chaos and confusion. Not understanding the
underlying mechanics of cocaine addiction.
effects include but are not limited to:
- Loss of appetite
leading to malnutrition and weight loss
- Cold sweats
- Swelling and bleeding
of mucous membranes
- Restlessness and
- Damage to nasal
- Damage to lungs
- Possible heart
attacks, strokes, or convulsions
is inhaled and rapidly absorbed through the lungs, into the blood, and
carried swiftly to the brain. The chances of overdosing and poisoning
leading to coma, convulsions, and death are greatly increased. Crack's
rapid rush-5 to 7 minutes of intense pleasure- quickly subsides, leading
to depression that needs to be relieved by more crack. This cycle enhances
the chances of addiction and dependency. Because of the brief high, users
are constantly thinking about and devising ways to get more crack. Psychologically,
the drug reduces concentration, ambition, and drive, and increases confusion
and irritability, wreaking havoc on users' professional and personal lives.
Habitual use may lead to cocaine psychosis, causing paranoia, hallucinations,
and a condition known as formication, in which insects or snakes are perceived
to be crawling under the skin. The paranoia and depression can instigate
violent and suicidal behavior. The side effects of adulterants increase
cocaine's risks. The drug is often cut with one or more of any number
of other substances, such as the cheaper drugs procaine, lidocaine, and
benzocaine, and substances that pose no serious risks, such as sugars
(mannitol and sucrose), or starches. However, when quinine or amphetamines
are added, the potential for serious side effects increases dramatically.
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