The Types of Drugs Teen Used

It’s overwhelming to know that teen drug abuse has been over the charts and it does not only affect them but also their friends as families.

It’s difficult to confirm when and how recreational drug use triggers an outright addiction,  but the physical and psychological risks of drug use are many. It’s crucial to keep track of your child’s activities and be wary of the kind of friends your child is hanging out with.

There are seven different drug types, and each of them has its own effects and risks:

  • Stimulants
  • Depressents
  • Hallucinogens
  • Dissociatives
  • Opioids
  • Inhalants
  • Canabis

What are Stimulants?

Stimulants are drugs that gives effect to the body’s central nervous system, causing the user to feel as if they are “speeding up”. This drug could also expand  the user’s level of alertness, pumping heart rate, blood pressure, breathing and blood glucose levels.

Originally, this medicine is for doctors to prescribed to patients who have ADHD, narcolepsy and asthma. Not only that, stimulants could really help in the aid of weight loss, as they can decrease the user’s appetite. Stimulants abuse happens when students tend to use the drug to enhance their performance in school or sports.

Example of stimulants are:
  • Adderall
  • Ritalin
  • Cocaine
  • Ecstasy
  • Caffeine
  • Methamphetamine

Risks of Stimulants Abuse.

When abuse, the effect of this drug have its consequences.

  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Psychosis
  • Depression
  • Heart failure
  • Stroke
  • Seizures

What are Depressants?

Unlike stimulants, depressants could impact the body’s nervous central system, making users feel as if things are “slowing down” for them.

The doctors only prescribed this drug especially for those with anxiety, insomnia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other issues. Furthermore, these drugs have been offered as a sedative experience to users, making it a tempting choice for teens who wish to escaped their daily stress.

Example of depressants are: 

  • Xanax
  • Valium
  • Barbituates
  • Benziodiazepines

Risks of Depressants Abuse.

  • Sluggish thinking
  • Low blood pressure
  • Impaired memory
  • Hallucination
  • Death from withdrawal

What Are Hallucinogens?

Hallucinogens handiwork is disrupting the communication within the brain. Some users report intense, rapidly changing of emotions of things that are not there. For instance, a user of this drug might believe that they see a person speaking to them – when that person does not even exist.

Hallucinogens come in various forms, such as:

  • LSD
  • Salvia
  • Peyote
  • Psilocybin

Risks of Hallucinogens Abuse.

This particular drug could have devastating results.

  • Fear
  • Paranoia
  • Psychosis
  • Anxiety
  • Blood pressure increased
  • Distorted cognition

What Are Dissociatives?

This specific drug can make users feel like they are watching themselves from their own bodies. This drug could twist the user’s perception of reality and they might gain a wrong sense of invincibility, then proceed to engage in risky behaviors such as unprotected sex or driving carelessly.

Dissociatives can be taken as liquids, powders, solids or gases. The types are:

  • Ketamine
  • DXM (Dextromethorphan)
  • PCP (phencyclidine)

Risks of Dissociative Abuse.

These drugs are very dangerous, especially when they are used over extended periods of time.

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Social withdrawing
  • Numbness
  • Memory loss

What are Opioids?

Opioids are technically powerful painkillers that gives the user an euphoric feeling. Came from poppy plants, these drugs are often prescribed by doctors to patients are suffering from intense pain. Opioids can be smoked, eaten, drank, injected or taken as pills.

Examples of Opioids are:

  • Heroin
  • Morphine
  • Opium
  • Vicodin
  • Oxycontin
  • Percocet
  • Codeine

Risks of Opioids Abuse.

Opioids abuse could ruin the life of a user.

  • Constipation
  • Liver damage
  • Euphoria
  • Brain impairment
  • Pupil dilation

What are Inhalants?

Inhalants gives the feeling of euphoric feeling towards the user and can be mainly made up of household items. Inhalants are always inhaled as gases or fumes.

Example of inhalants include:

  • Fumes of markers, paint, paint thinner, gasoline, glue
  • Nitrous oxide
  • Aerosol sprays
  • Room deodarizes

Risks of Inhalants Abuse.

The effects of inhalants can be awful, both immediate and in the long run:

  • Loss of smell
  • Brain damage
  • Nosebleeds
  • Loss of conciousness
  • Hallucinations
  • Slurred speech

What is Cannabis?

 

Also known as marijuana, quite possibly one of most used of drugs. Cannabis acts like a hallucinogen, but also produce depressant-like effects and has increasing medicinal use in United States. However, there are users who often abused this drug for their own benefit.

Cannabis can be smoked, vaporized and even eaten. Examples of Cannabis are:

  • Marijuana leaves
  • Hashish
  • Hash oil

Risks of Cannabis Abuse.

  • Lowered immunity to illness
  • Depression
  • Chronic Anxiety
  • Slowed reaction times
  • Reduce sperm count to men
  • Impaired sense of time

 

 

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