Drug Abuse Warning Network: The Real World Health Effects of Illegal Drug Abuse

According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network, Cocaine was involved in over 380,000 emergency room visits in 2004 alone. Cocaine is extremely potent, whether taken in powder or the crack forms. Mild symptoms include increased heart rate, sleep disorders and convulsions. Snorting the drug can permanently damage nasal tissue. Cocaine interferes with brain processes, can cause heart attacks, seizures and strokes. Even first time use can cause fatal heart attacks. For those it doesn’t kill, the addiction can easily lead to habits that require thousands of dollars a week to support. Cocaine also has severe effects on the unborn. This can start at underweight babies or pre-term labor on up to miscarriage. Cocaine can cause placental wall tearing, losing the attachment to the uterus. This can kill mother and baby at birth if not detected in time. If the baby survives birth, cocaine can lead to strokes, heart attacks, urinary infections and heart defects. While it appears many babies exposed to cocaine use in the womb can eventually recover, it also appears that this doubles their chances of developmental delays.

According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network, Heroin was involved in over 160,000 emergency room visits in 2004 alone. Heroin suppresses the central nervous system, resulting in poor mental functioning, and can even suppress the autonomic functions to the point of respiratory failure. Chronic use damages the heart, liver and circulatory system and increases the risk of pulmonary issues such as pneumonia. Heroin abusers generally use injections, with associated infection risk including HIV. Additionally, the drug is often mixed with other chemicals to allow a given quantity to result in more sales, so strength is always unknown and poisons have been used to stretch the drug supply. Children who were exposed to heroin before birth will go through horrible withdrawal symptoms after birth, and have ten times the chance of dying of SIDS. Developmental slowdowns are also possible.

According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network, Methamphetamine was involved in over 70,000 emergency room visits in 2004 alone. Amphetamines, including the club drug Ecstasy, can cause psychotic behavior and brain damage. This includes hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia and can lead to homicidal or suicidal thoughts. Physical effects are similar to Alzheimer’s and strokes. Ecstasy in particular can lead to kidney damage and memory loss, though long term human studies are still inconclusive. For the unborn, risks include clubfoot, cleft palates, heart and limb defects, retarded development and maternal bleeding. Babies can go through withdrawal symptoms, but long term studies are still underway to identify long term prices.

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What the White House says about Legalizing Marijuana – Full E-mail: “What they Have to Say About Legalizing Marijuana By Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy When the President took office, he directed all of his policymakers to develop policies based on science and research, not ideology or politics. So our concern about marijuana is based on what the science tells us about the drug’s effects. According to scientists at the National Institutes of Health- the world’s largest source of drug abuse research – marijuana use is associated with addiction, respiratory disease, and cognitive impairment. We know from an array of treatment admission information and Federal data that marijuana use is a significant source for voluntary admissions and visits to emergency rooms. Studies also reveal that marijuana potency has almost tripled over the past 20 years, raising serious concerns about what this means for public health — especially among young people who use the drug because research shows their brains continue to develop well into their 20’s. Simply put, it is not a benign drug. Like many, we are interested in the potential marijuana may have in providing relief to individuals diagnosed with certain serious illnesses. That is why we ardently support ongoing research into determining what components of the marijuana plant can be used as medicine. To date, however, neither the FDA nor the Institute of Medicine have found smoked marijuana to meet the modern standard for safe or


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10 Responses to Drug Abuse Warning Network: The Real World Health Effects of Illegal Drug Abuse

  • globalchaosguitar says:

    Marijuana was legalized then president Nixon pushed? under the illgeal drug act in the 60’s 70’s because he disliked hippies and their drug of choice was bud. Then congress said it was legal but you had to get a card in order to do so you had to go to the 5-0 station with all your bud and show them thus getting you thrown in jail for illegal possession of marijuana. Fuck the government and their lies and legalize it to help the fucking country you continue to fuck up and put in debt.

  • WeAskThePeople says:


  • moodeyes67 says:

    marajuana? became illegal in 1937

  • MIB205 says:

    the? white house can go f themselves

  • 04indianajones says:

    Our government is a JOKE every one needs to stop listening to them and taking them serious? ….. Small GOV Ron PAul 2012

  • Bigsteelguy3 says:

    Yes keyword Maybe

    I know? mostly what i’m talking about, i’ve been on youtube since 2007 and have done heavy research in those years. I’ve been in support for the Legalizing of Marijuana for a long time now.

  • ConnorLikesBread says:

    thank you for saying maybe help the economy your not one of those ignorant people who say it would get america out of debt.. it just makes us all sound retarded. if you dont know what your talking? about dont talk.

  • Karlemids says:

    noone has EVER died from using Marijuana, not a single person..
    it’s true, Marijuana potency has more than tripled over the past 40? years, but thats only because its not regulated, which it would be if it were legal.
    how many millions of souls have been lost due to ‘regulated’ tobacco & alcohol related diseases…

  • chadloz says:

    that response was a damn piss in the face! such a fucking bullshit response!?

  • WeAskThePeople says:

    no regulations , no taxes , no prisons , no DEA SWAT raids.

    >>>>>>>>>>NO PROHIBITION <<<<<<<<<<<

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